New Trends in Soft Robotics

Hall 216 Thursday 26th- Morning (h. 09.15)



Robotics evolved significantly from its recent birth in the ‘50s and is today a solid discipline with a good wealth of knowledge and technologies. Though robotics basically evolved in the field of industrial manufacturing, bioinspired soft robotics has been recently investigated by researchers for opening to new applicative scenarios, specifically in unstructured scenarios. For this reason, soft robotics brought to bioinspiration, as investigating the living beings that evolved and successfully live in these environments is definitely a good starting point for building like-wise successful robots. The goal is to build new classes of robotic systems that are expected to interact more safely with the natural, unstructured, environment and with humans, and that better deal with un-certain and dynamic tasks (i.e. grasping and manipulation of unknown objects, locomotion on rough terrains, physical contacts with human bodies, etc.).



Bioinspired Soft Robotics is a growing area of research, at international level. Projects and publications in this field are increasing at a fast pace and an interdisciplinary active community is growing around this field. Such community is gathering around the IEEE TC on Soft Robotics and, at European level, around the RoboSoft Coordination Action, funded by the European Commission in the FET Open programme.
This workshop aims at giving a view on the latest achievements in the field of bioinspired soft robotics, through invited talks, showing how living systems can provide important principles and concepts for developing new technologies. We intend to discuss and constructively compare some technological solutions and their biological models coming from both animals and plants.



Biologists, roboticists, material scientists, and other scientists that work in the field of biomimetics, soft and bioinspired robotics, but also industrial players and potential users, interested in different perspectives and viewpoints in developing a new class of biomimetic robots, which exhibit different performance compared with the today’s robots, in terms of materials, fabrication technologies, sensors and actuators.



#Bioinspiration #soft robotics #softsensors&actuators  #animals&plants



 Barbara Mazzolai Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Bio-Molecular (IIT) Nature-inspired Innovation: from Plants and Animals to soft robots
Barbara Webb Edinburgh University, UK Mimicking the Maggot: Multilevel Inspiration for Technology
Antonio De Simone International Analysis and Applications (SISSA) Reverse Engineering the Euglenoid Movement: from Unicellular Swimmers to Bio-inspired Micro-machines?
Jamie Paik École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland Soft Components for Soft Wearable Robotic Challenges
 Cecilia Laschi Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, BioRobotics Institute Soft Robotics: from Bioinspiration to Scientific Challenges and Technological Applications
 Marco Urbano SAES Group SMA Actuators: is the Technology Mature enough for Soft Robotics?


RoboSoft Coordination Action

Cecilia Laschi
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
The BioRobotics Institute
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
Pontedera, Italy

Barbara Mazzolai
Center for Micro-BioRobotics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
Pontedera, Italy

RoboSoft Project Website










The Biorobotic Institute