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Call for Papers

Symposium SM4—A Soft FutureFrom Electronic Skin to Robotics and Energy Harvesting

Soft matter surrounds us. Materials in a variety of physical and chemical states are easily deformed when exposed to external mechanical, electrical, chemical or optical stimuli. Interdisciplinary materials science is at the core of a rapidly growing research field - exploring soft robots, ionic and electronic skin, energy harvesters, and systems that camouflage and self heal. The goal is to realize novel applications by mimicking nature in a wide range of fields, from consumer and mobile appliances to biomedical systems, sports and healthcare. All conceivable classes of materials with a variety of mechanical, physical and chemical properties are employed to achieve functionalities never seen before. Weight, flexibility and conformability are pivotal to enable these future technologies to proliferate.

The aim of this symposium is to provide a platform for researchers from all fields to exchange information and to strengthen the presence of these efforts within the materials research community. The symposium will report on recent progress in soft machines, stretchable electronics, approaches to self-healing, camouflage and self-cleaning, resorbable and transient soft devices, ionic and electronic skins, and stretchable power generation and storage. Abstracts focusing on novel materials and fabrication processes, modeling, and new, unusual device concepts are highly encouraged.

Topics will include:

  • Soft robots
  • Camouflage in soft devices
  • Soft sensors and actuators
  • Architectures for systems that self-heal and self-clean
  • Tough hydrogels and ionic hydrogels
  • Compliant energy harvesting and power generation
  • Stretchable energy and signal transmission
  • Soft electronic and ionic skins
  • Manufacturing of responsive materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Ian Anderson (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Zhenan Bao (Stanford University, USA)
  • Siegfried Bauer (Johannes Kepler University, Austria)
  • Katia Bertoldi (Harvard University, USA)
  • Esma Ismailova (École nationale supérieure des mines de Saint-Étienne, France)
  • Stephanie Lacour (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Darren Lipomi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Carmel Majidi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Mark Rentschler (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • John Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Tsuyoshi Sekitani (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Herb Shea (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Rob Shepherd (Cornell University, USA)
  • Barbara Stadlober (Joanneum Research GmbH, Austria)
  • Maria Telleria (Pneubotics, USA)
  • Shizuo Tokito (Yamagata University, Japan)
  • Jan Vanfleteren (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Conor Walsh (Harvard University, USA)
  • Matthew White (University of Vermont, USA)
  • George Whitesides (Harvard University, USA)
  • Xuanhe Zhao (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Martin Kaltenbrunner
Johannes Kepler University
Soft Matter Physics

Michael Dickey
North Carolina State University
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Christoph Keplinger
University of Colorado Boulder
Mechanical Engineering

Rebecca Kramer
Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering

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