April 3rd, 2023, Singapore

Bio-inspired Soft Aerial Robotics

About the Workshop

With the increased interest in adopting smart and functional materials in creating soft aerial robots, we have seen a wide variety of innovative and morphologically adaptive structures utilized for flying systems. This workshop, extending from a successful debut last year at RoboSoft 2022, continues to aim to bring together experts working in the field of soft aerial robotics. The workshop will explore current challenges in: (1) improving maneuverability and flight efficiency through bio-inspiration; (2) multi-modal mobility between aerial, terrestrial, and aquatic environments; (3) robustness to landing and collision through structural adaptions; (4) adaptive manipulation and perching in aerial systems; (5) bio-inspired aerial construction and nesting; (6) bio-hybrid flying structures, biodegradability, and sustainable transient aerial robotics; (7) modeling and control of soft aerial robots; (8) Soft sensing for aerial vehicles and morphing wings.

Date: April 3rd, Monday, 2023       Time: 13:20PM-18:15PM, Singapore Local Time (GMT+7)       Venue:  Marina Bay Sands

Pham Huy Nguyen

EMPA, Imperial College London

André Farinha

EMPA, Imperial College London

Fabian Wiesemüller

EMPA, Imperial College London

Sukho Song


Imperial College London

Mirko Kovač


Imperial College London

Aníbal Ollero Baturone

GRVC Robotics Lab at University of Sevilla

BioMorphic Intelligence Lab at TU Delft

Invited Speakers

Mirko Kovac (Empa, Imperial College London)

Physical Artificial Intelligence in Aerial Robots

Robert Katzschmann (ETH Zürich)

Future aerial robots powered by muscles

Salua Hamaza (TU Delft)

Aerial Soft Manipulation

Pakpong Chirarattananon (CityU of Hong Kong)  

Samara-Inspired Revolving-Wing Robot Breaks Endurance Limits of Small Drones 

Gih Keong Lau (NYCU ME)

Safe aerobatics by ornithopters: recent advance and applications

Van Anh Ho (JAIST)

Tombo Propeller: Bio-Inspired Deformable Structure toward Collision-Accommodated Control for Drones

Li Wen (Beihang University)

Aerial-aquatic robots capable of crossing the air-water boundary and hitchhiking on surfaces

Stefano Mintchev (ETH Zürich)

Collision-tolerant drones for exploring natural and man-made environments



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