Soft Robotics: Challenges and Perspectives

Abstract

There has been an increasing interest in the use of unconventional materials and morphologies in robotic systems because the nderlying mechanical properties (such as body shapes, elasticity, viscosity, softness, density and stickiness) are crucial research opics for our in-depth understanding of embodied intelligence. The detailed investigations of physical system-environment interctions are particularly important for systematic development of technologies and theories of emergent adaptive behaviors. Based n the presentations and discussion in the Future Emerging Technology (fet11) conference, this article introduces the recent technoogical development in the field of soft robotics, and speculates about the implications and challenges in the robotics and embodied ntelligence research. Selection and peer-review under responsibility of FET11 conference organizers and published by Elsevier B.V.

DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2011.12.030

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@inproceedings{Iida2011SoftRC, title={Soft Robotics: Challenges and Perspectives}, author={Fumiya Iida and Cecilia Laschi}, booktitle={FET}, year={2011} }