2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium SM06-Materials and Fabrication Schemes for Robotics

Advances of robotic systems in recent years are largely attributed to increases in computing performance, as well as progresses in machine learning and control theories. However, there has been little change in the way robots are assembled or in the choice of materials, actuators and sensors that are used to drive current robotic systems. The traditional concept of motor driven robots based on mechanical transmission and computer control is deeply rooted in the current hardware design of robotic systems. Exciting advances in materials science, including the development of smart materials, energy harvesting and actuation-schemes, as well as the adoption of bio-inspired design principles can offer radically new ways to construct and operate robots. This is a three-day symposium and the focus of this symposium is to inspire and discuss the latest development of new materials and fabrication schemes that can support the development of a new generation of robots that are multi-functional, power-efficient, compliant, and autonomous in ways akin to biological organisms. It addresses new working mechanisms for actuation, assembly, and reconfiguration, strategical large-scale fabrication, as well as applications in molecular and cellular delivery, surgery, and sensing.It will also discuss the role of materials research for biohybrid and bioinspired robots that translate fundamental biological principles into engineering design rules and smart materials or integrate living components into synthetic structures to create robots that perform like natural systems. This symposium aims to provide a timely supporting platform for scientists and engineers to disseminate, communicate, and form collaborations.

Topics will include:

  • Soft Materials and Robotics
  • E-skin and Human Robot Interaction
  • Shape Memory, Self-healing and Learning Materials
  • Biohybrid Systems and Design Considerations
  • New stimuli-responsive materials—biological, organic, and inorganic materials and their hybrids
  • Integrated Multi-material Fabrication 3D/4D Printing
  • Embodiment and Applications
  • Translational Challenges and Case Studies
  • Manipulation and assembly mechanisms for creation of small machines and robots

Invited Speakers:

  • Jose Alvarado (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Eduard Arzt (Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany)
  • Chiara Daraio (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Michael Dickey (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Larisa Florea (Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland)
  • Ambarish Ghosh (Indian Institute of Science, India)
  • Ximin He (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Ho-Young Kim (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Karl Kratz (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany)
  • Cecilia Laschi (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Alexander Leshansky (Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Hod Lipson (Columbia University, USA)
  • Herbert Shea (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Rebecca Shulman (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Sam Stupp (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Shoji Takeuchi (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Symposium Organizers

Guang-Zhong Yang
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Institute of Medical Robotics

Donglei (Emma) Fan
The University of Texas at Austin
Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering

Peer Fischer
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Micro Nano and Molecular Systems Laboratory

Bradley Nelson
ETH Zürich
Mechanical and Process Engineering

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