講演者： Jonathan Rossiter (University of Bristol, Reader in Robotics)
講演題目：Soft robotics - from smart materials to soft-smart machines
講演概要： Soft robotics is emerging as one of the 'next cool things' to watch. From morphing architecture to wearable technologies, soft robotics is set to have a big impact on our daily lives. In healthcare and wearable technologies in particular the opportunities are huge. Instead of a hard motorised exoskeleton to help you move abound in your old age, wouldn't you rather have a soft wearable power suit? Instead of a rigid replacement organ wouldn't you prefer a softer bio-integrating implantable device? In this talk I will introduce some of the recent developments in soft robotics at Bristol Robotics Laboratory and our projects on wearable and symbiotic soft robotic devices.
講演者： Kohei Nakajima（Kyoto University, Hakubi Center, Assistant Professor）
講演題目： Physical Reservoir Computing for Soft Robots
講演概要：Soft robots have significant advantages over traditional articulated robots due to deformable morphology and safety in interaction, which make them applicable for rescue and human interactions. Concomitant to these benefits is a great challenge in controlling their body dynamics. In general, soft body dynamics exhibit multifold properties, such as high-dimensionality, nonlinearity, and memory. In addition, their degrees of freedom are often larger than the number of
actuators, which makes them difficult to control. Here, we aim to reverse this scenario and view it in a positive light. We claim that it is these same nonlinear and elastic body dynamics that make soft robots feasible and simple to control. Using a physical platform consisting of a soft silicone arm, we demonstrate through a number of experiments that body dynamics generated by the arm can be used as a computational resource and, in particular, that they can be exploited to control the arm's motions robustly in a closed-loop manner. In the presentation, the implications and impacts of our results to multiple fields will also be discussed.
講演者： Espen Knoop (University of Bristol, Ph.D Student)
講演題目：Affective Touch - Is there an uncanny valley of haptics?
講演概要： Current haptic feedback in mobile devices is primarily vibrotactile. For telepresence and virtual reality scenarios, more natural-feeling haptic feedback that closer resembles real-world haptic interactions would be desirable. We present the Tickler, a tactile wristband that strokes the
wrist and creates natural-feeling sensations. However, we found that the perceived sensation of the Tickler changed depending on the context in which it is presented. Some users found the natural-feeling device uncomfortable. Our results are still preliminary, but this could be hinting at
an uncanny valley for haptic devices.
講演者： Hemma Philamore (University of Bristol, Ph.D Student)
講演題目：Bacterial Power for Bio-Inspired Soft Robots
講演概要：Rigid body robots are notably inferior in their ability to operate in real-world environments when compared to natural organisms. We present experimental work towards the development a soft artificial organism, capable of using a bacterial source of electrical power to sustain its energy needs. Driving factors for this work are improved autonomy and long term operation of robots in remote environments.