The shape of a functional object or device is an important consideration in many applications. Adding (re)configurability further extends the capability of these systems and opens up new application avenues. Accordingly, shape programmable materials are of widespread interest in actuation, manufacturing, deployment, flexible electronics, aerospace, medicine, and optics. Research of shape programmable materials strongly draws upon materials science, fundamental science (chemistry, biology, physics), and functional engineering disciplines (aerospace, civil, industrial, mechanical). The overarching goal of this symposium is to bring together this highly interdisciplinary and ever-growing community to facilitate information exchange relating to materials approaches, programming techniques and methods, mechanics integrations and implementations, and design tool development.
Building off recent investments from the NSF and AFOSR, the symposium will highlight a burgeoning subcategory of this topic relating to origami-inspired topological design motifs. Furthermore, the symposium will include invited abstracts from industrial speakers from the consumer products, athletic performance, and aerospace industries. It is expected that these abstracts will be complimented by a diverse set of contributions and invited speakers ranging from fundamental materials chemistry to mechanical design and topology optimization.