Recent advances in actuator technology have produced exciting new ideas in biologically-inspired actuation for robotics. Examples of research achievements to date include active materials with actuation and sensing, binary systems with redundant actuators, modular and miniaturized devices (cellular like), bio-hybrid approaches, compliant actuators exploiting springs, magnetic field and pressurized gas. The objective of this workshop is to address fundamentals of biologically-inspired actuation and to focus on specific issues like compliance, energy efficiency, power and energy density, bandwidth, embedded proprio- and exteroception. Relevant examples of biologically inspired actuators will be presented. Speakers who are actively working in this area will discuss potentials of the field, and the new opportunities given by such ubiquitous subsystems, required by virtually all active devices. The workshop will explore the long-term perspective of the actuator research in the area of biologically-inspired robotics, health care and rehabilitation, and at the same time will consider industrial mid-term applications. R&D representatives from companies will exchange ideas towards the development of new products that are more and more requiring bioinspired actuators, especially in the case of devices that are interacting with the user (e.g. human-machine interfaces).
In recent years robotics achieved relevant results, mainly thanks to progress in ICT (information and communication technologies). To date, however, performances of robotic systems are still far from those characterizing animals and, in general, living systems. Major limitations are due to actuation systems, where traditional concepts have been improved through the years, without really changing core solutions. There are still major limitations, for example, due to large inertias, low backdrivability, limited efficiency, lack of adaptability: actuators can only deal today with a very small subset of those characteristics at a time. Nature, thanks to a slow but constant evolution process, selected optimal actuation solutions and represents a good source of inspiration for developing new artificial systems in this field. This workshop will address fundamentals of biologically-inspired actuation and focus on specific issues like compliance, energy efficiency, power and energy density, bandwidth, embedded proprio- and exteroception. The primary objectives of the proposed workshop are: (1) to compare existing technologies, including state of the art research examples, (2) to identify bottlenecks in actuator technologies and potential breakthrough approaches, and (3) to promote a multidisciplinary discussion amongst researchers in engineering, life-scientists and industrial representatives, in order to fill the gap between research and applications.
- Active materials
- Actuators with embedded proprio- and exteroception
- Modular, miniaturized actuators
- Bio-hybrid actuators
- Compliant actuators
- Pneumatic/gas actuators
- Theory and comparative studies on actuation technologies
- MEMS and NEMS actuators
- High-speed actuation
- Research and industrial applications
We are pleased to invite speakers to this workshop that will be focused on novel actuator technologies and concepts for robotics. We are looking for gathering a selected group of researchers that could together give useful insights on the emerging area of biologically inspired actuation, possibly through new, embryonic solutions having high potential impact in future applications.
Closed. Thank you very much for your application!!
All submitted abstract should be in PDF format. No specific template is required and contribution length should be comprised between one and two letter pages. Submissions should be emailed to both workshop organizers at the email addresses specified above.
|Schedule (9:00am-5:00pm, Friday, May 13, 2011 in Room 5C)
Greeting and Introduction: 9:00-9:30am
- 9:00-9:30am: The quest for Biologically Inspired Actuators (BIA), Stefanini and Ueda, Workshop organizer
Session 1: 9:30-10:30am, Invited Talks, "New Materials for BIA I"
- 9:30-10:00am: Dielectric Elastomer Transducer, Hyouk Ryeol Choi and Ja Choon Koo, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
- 10:00-10:30am: Soft Actuation Materials Capable of Complex Deformation, Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State University, USA
Coffee Break (10:30-11:00am)
Session 2: 11:00am-12:00, Regular Talks, "New Materials for BIA II"
- 11:00-11:10am, Soft Polymer Microactuators, Aaron P. Gerratt and Sarah Bergbreiter, University of Maryland
- 11:10-11:20am, A muscle-like, high efficiency actuator for biorobotics, Stefano Mintchev and Cesare Stefanini, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
- 11:20-11:30am, Towards Dielectric Elastomer Actuation for Modular Robotics, Paul J. White and Mark Yim, University of Pennsylvania
- 11:30-11:40am, Perspectives in SMA actuators: a frequency response and power consumption study, Javier Gonzalez-Quijano Alvarez, A. Villoslada, M. Abderrahim, J. Gonzalez-Gomez, and C. Bensalah, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
- 11:40-12:00, Q&A, Discussion with the session 2 speakers
Session 3: 2:00-3:30pm, Invited Talks, "Applications of BIA I"
- 2:00-2:30pm, Biologically-Inspired Actuator and its Application to the 100G Capturing Robot, Makoto Kaneko and Mitsuru Higashimori, Osaka University, Japan
- 2:30-3:00pm, Haptics for Manipulation and Mobility of Fluid Powered Rescue Robots, Wayne J. Book, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- 3:30-3:30pm, Achieving High Performance from SMA Actuators, Roy Featherstone, The Australian National University, Australia
Coffee Break (3:30-4:00pm)
Session 4: 4:00-5:00pm, Regular Talks, "Applications of BIA II"
- 4:00-4:10pm, MACCEPA, the Mechanically Adjustable Compliance and Controllable Equilibrium Position Actuator: different design options, Ronald Van Ham, Bram Vanderborght, MichaŽl Van Damme, Victor Grosu, and Dirk Lefeber, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- 4:10-4:20pm, Enhanced Design of a Pneumatic Artificial Muscle for Musculoskeletal Robot, Kenichi Narioka, Ryuma Niiyama, Yoichi Nishigori, Yoshito Ikeuchi, Kosuke Masuda, Fumiya Kannou,
Shuhei Ikemoto, Keita Ogawa, Shouhei Shirafuji, Nagisa Koyama, Keiko Suzuki, Kazutoshi
Tanaka, Masatoshi Higashida, Soichiro Moriyama, Yousuke Inoue, Koh Hosoda, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Osaka University & University of Tokyo, Japan
- 4:20-4:30pm, Active and Passive Devices for Tuning Impedance in Wearable Robotics, Dino Accoto, Giorgio Carpino, Nevio Luigi Tagliamonte, Michelangelo Di Palo, Fabrizio Sergi, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Universita Campus Biomedico di Roma, Italy
- 4:30-4:40pm, Bi-Articular Muscle Actuation Design for Robot Arms, Valerio Salvucci, Yasuto Kimura, Sehoon Oh and Yoichi Hori, University of Tokyo
- 4:40-4:50pm, Q&A, Discussion with the session 4 speakers
Discussion and Wrap-up: 4:50-5:00pm, All Participants
Jun Ueda: jun.ueda-at-me.gatech.edu