Soft Robotics and Bodyware


The main goal of WG2 “Soft Robotics and Bodyware” is to analyse the revolutionary potential of soft robotics, and to investigate methods and components, such as novel control techniques, new actuators, new mechanical joints, new sensors, new soft/functional materials as, for example flexible electronics, novel simulation libraries and frameworks, for modelling, design, and experimentation of soft robots.

Close cooperation of this “Soft Robotics and Bodyware” WG with WG1 – Embodied Intelligence in Natural and Artificial Physical Agents” and with WG3 – “Energy Management in Natural and Artificial Agents” will be established in order to better identify the needs of future robot in terms of material and energy.

List of topics

  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Soft Robotics Technologies and structures
  • Smart Materials
  • Evolutionary Robotics
  • Artificial skin
  • Control architectures and paradigms for soft robots
  • Bioinspired self-healing materials
  • Flexible and Stretchable electronics
  • Design principles
  • Working Group 2 Board (WG2B)

    Working Group 2 Experts

    Barbara Mazzolai Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
    Dario Floreano Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
    Bram Vanderborght Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
    Tamar Flash Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel
    Anibal Ollero Universidad de Sevilla, The Robotics, Vision and Control Group (GRVC), Spain
    Carmen Moldovan National Institute for R&D in Microtechnologies (IMT)
    Leonardo Ricotti Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna/The BioRobotics Institute (SSSA), Italy
    Virgilio Mattoli Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy