About the Workshop
In recent years, the field of soft aerial robotics has benefitted from the utilization of reconfigurable, flexible, soft, and morphologically adaptive structures. This workshop highlights the current and future utilization of soft and morphologically adaptive structures in aerial robot related applications: such as (1) improving maneuverability and flight efficiency; (2) multi-modal mobility across terrain interfaces and fluid boundaries; (3) robustness to landing and collision; (4) manipulation, perching, resting, and energy management in complicated environments; (5) bio-inspired aerial construction and nesting; (6) bio-hybrid flying structures, biodegradability; (7) self-regeneration and self-healing. The workshop aims to host the leading researchers in the fields of bio-inspired, reconfigurable, morphing, and soft aerial robots to create a dialogue on state of the art, identify technical/conceptual barriers, and outline key challenges and opportunities for soft aerial robotics. The workshop will outline instances where inspiration from biology is utilized to develop the next generation of aerial vehicles. Highlighting various enabling technologies and system features desired in novel aerial robots, that can perform multi-capabilities, multi-modal tasks, and autonomously operate in real-world conditions.