The Second Soft Robot Workshop and Challenge, organized by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, was held on 24-25 December 2016 in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Soft robotics has been an intriguing topic in recent years due to its effective and harmonious interaction with the environment. Soft robotics is also a multi-disciplinary area which involves material science, mechanics, chemical engineering, control, computer science etc. This workshop and challenge attracted faculty members and students from Zhejiang University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harbin Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore.
As part of the workshop programme, Assistant Professor Zhu Jian made a presentation to introduce the soft robots developed in his group. The soft robot challenge on the second day was divided into two segments, a robot speed segment and an innovative technology segment.
During the robot speed segment, PhD student Cao Jiawei presented a worm-like soft robot based on dielectric elastomer actuators and placed second.
The innovative technology segment’s objective was to demonstrate innovative soft actuators or sensors which could have potential applications in soft robots. PhD student Qin Lei presented a novel soft electroadhesion actuator with potential to be used in soft climbing robots and soft grippers. He placed second as well.
Good work, guys!