Tensegrity Robotics Workshop
October 5th, 2023 in Detroit, MichiganContact the organizers at email@example.com
Composed of rigid struts and compliant tendons, tensegrity robots boast a remarkable strength-to-weight ratio and demonstrate extraordinary shape morphability, stiffness tuning, and impact resistance. These favorable properties make tensegrity robots an attractive technology for the next generation of adaptive, multi-terrain robots. The unique advantages of tensegrity robots show promise for impact-resistant planetary rovers, pipe-climbing robots that can change their shape, lightweight aerial robots, adaptive underwater robots, and more. However, tensegrity robots’ compliance, coupled dynamics, and many degrees of freedom pose challenges in actuation, sensing, and control. No work to date has achieved the ultimate goal of demonstrating a fully autonomous, untethered tensegrity robot that is capable of navigating unstructured terrain and surviving mechanical impacts. To address this grand challenge, the field of tensegrity robotics needs more research into tools and technologies for automated system design, state estimation, environmental sensing, and autonomous navigation. This workshop aims to bring together not only researchers who study tensegrity robots but also experts in complementary domains, specifically modular robotics, control systems, and sensing and perception, who can provide insights into and solutions to open challenges in our field. In this workshop, we will showcase the state of the art of tensegrity robotics, discuss the grand challenges tensegrity robots face, attract and engage new participants in the field, and facilitate future collaborations.
University of California, Berkeley
Texas A&M University
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Tokyo Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
University of Alabama
University of Pennsylvania
There will be four technical sessions that each contain two invited talks from professors or leading experts in each domain. Each session will also contain one shorter talk from a student or postdoc selected from contributed abstracts. The four topic areas are Tensegrity Robots: System Design and Modeling, Tensegrity Robots: Locomotion and Control, Sensing and Perception, and Modular Robotics and Multi-agent Systems.
Poster Session and Live Demonstrations
Abstracts will be invited for poster presentations and live demonstrations. The poster and demo sessions will overlap with coffee breaks and promote discussions among the participants.
All speakers will be invited to a roundtable panel discussion focusing on connecting the grand challenges in tensegrity robotics and seeking solutions. The audience will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions.
|8:30 - 8:40||Opening, agenda, introductions|
|8:40 – 10:00||Technical Session 1||Tensegrity Robots: System Design and Modeling|
|10:00 – 11:00||Coffee Break||Live Demonstration Session|
|11:00 – 12:20||Technical Session 2||Tensegrity Robots: Locomotion and Control|
|12:20 – 13:20||Lunch|
|13:20 – 15:00||Technical Session 3||Sensing and Perception|
|15:00 – 16:00||Coffee Break||Poster Presentation Session|
|16:00 – 17:00||Technical Session 4||Modular Robotics and Multi-agent Systems|
|17:00 – 17:30||Panel Discussion|
Call for Abstracts
Participants can contribute short talks, posters, and live demonstrations at the workshop. Those interested should submit this form, which will allow you to upload your 1-page abstract as a PDF. Submissions do not need to specifically focus on tensegrity robots, but they should be of interest to the tensegrity robotics community. The submission deadline is Thursday, August 31st, 2023.
As we work toward autonomous systems of modular tensegrity robots, we are especially interested in submissions focused on:
- Modular robotics and multi-agent systems
- Sensing and perception of soft/hybrid robots
- Modeling compliant robots
- Control of underactuated robots
A select number of submissions will be chosen to give short talks during the workshop. Other submissions will be accepted to present posters or live demonstrations. We would like to encourage participants to present live demos if possible! There is a $500 prize fund for the best poster and live demo.
With any questions, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xiaonan (Sean) Huang
University of Michigan
Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist
Amazon Robotics AI