e-skins and Advanced Materials for Soft Robotics

e-skins and Advanced Materials for Soft Robotics

Sunday 23rd June 2019
08:30 – 15:30

There is a growing need for electronic and sensing devices that can conform to non-flat surfaces and that can accommodate mechanical motions and stresses.

Such devices are needed for wearable electronics applications, such as physiological monitoring of patients and athletes, but also for prosthetic devices (artificial limbs), robotics, brain-computer interfaces and electronic skins for surgical robotic devices. To introduce flexibility and stretchability, a move away from traditional materials and fabrication processes is needed. This has given rise to the field of flexible/stretchable electronics. Soft robotics have also emerged as an alternative to traditional robotics, to address similar issues, facing similar challenges but also issues related to actuation. The combination of soft robotics with stretchable electronics can bring new developments and functionalities.

This workshop will cover the aforementioned aspects within the context of realising e-skins that have the potential to introduce sensing intelligence to robotics, surgical tools, artificial limbs and wearable devices as well as soft robotics, materials and actuation.

The workshop features researchers from leading international academic institutions covering the latest developments on these topics.

There is still great potential for advancing the state of the art, with a need for further miniaturisation, increased functionality, in situ computation and signal processing and sensing capabilities.

What are the research directions we should focus?

What are the challenges yet to be addressed?

How will the future look like?

An open panel discussion will summarise these and bring the workshop to a conclusion.

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