Bi- and multi-stable structures, including origami structures, allow to rapidly release stored strain energy as they transition between various equilibrium shapes. These snap-through transitions between stable configurations enable the generation of rapid and amplified deformations. The application of bi- and multi-stability to soft actuators and robots has attracted significant research interest. Previous and current work demonstrated numerous innovative applications of bi- and multi-stability. These include single-input control mechanisms, high-speed actuations for jumping robots, significant shape reconfigurations, adaptive sensing, mechanical logic computations, and more.
This workshop aims to showcase recent developments and foster connections among researchers exploring multistability in the field of soft robotics.
May 13th - Monday
09:00-09:15 Workshop Introduction
09:15-09:20 Opening Remarks
09:20-09:40 Yoav Matia - Mirroring Nature's Functionality: Artificial Cnidocyte - A Tunable Bi-Stable Fluid-Structure Interaction
09:40-10:00 Kyu-Jin Cho - Bioinspired Robots using Bistability for Fast Movement and Posture Retention
10:00-10:20 Johannes T.B. Overvelde - Harnessing Instabilities to Embody Intelligence in Soft Robots
10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
10:40-11:00 Amir Gat - Flow-Controlled Shape-Morphing Structures with Multiple Stable End-States
11:00-11:20 Zeynep Temel - TBD
11:20-11:40 Robert Shepherd - Bang Bang – Millisecond Sense and Respond Loop Using Explosive Actuation of Bistable Structures
11:40-13:00 Lunch Break with Posters
13:00-13:20 Jiayao Ma - A Humidity-powered Soft Robot with Fast Rolling Locomotionility
13:20-13:40 Ezra Ben Abu - Directed Instability as a Mechanism for Fabricating Multistable Twisting Micro-Structure
13:40-14:00 Andres F. Arrieta - Underactuated Control in Soft Robotics from Hierarchical Multistability
14:00-14:20 Coffee Break
14:20-14:40 Tommaso Ranzani - Enabling Percutaneous Beating Heart Procedures Through Soft Robotics
14:40-15:00 Cynthia Sung - Algorithmic Design of Origami Robots
15:00-15:20 Evgueni Filipov - Origami with Mixed-Transducers for Functional Micro-Robots
15:20-15:40 Coffee Break
15:40-16:00 Ofek Peretz - Multistable Metafluid based Energy Harvesting and Storage
16:00-16:20 Hanqing Jiang - Soft Materials and Origami-based Structures for Robotics and the Metaverse
16:20-16:40 Damiano Pasini - TBD
16:40-17:00 Coffee Break
17:00-17:20 Mingchao Liu - Dynamic Shell Snapping and Jumping: Enabling Behaviour through Power Transformation
17:20-17:40 Itai Cohen - TBD
17:40-18:00 Shingo Maeda - Instabilities of Belousov-Zhabotinsky gel actuators
The program is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference.
The upcoming conference will be held at the Pacific Convention Plaza, located in Yokohama, Japan. Stay tuned for more detailed information on the exact location within the venue, which will be communicated at a later time.