Workshop on Smart Robotics

This decade is witnessing the fastest awareness and heavy investigation at the research of Robotics, which will play a key role in the development of science and technology in this century. The aims of robotics include making them be able to perceive and learn from the environment, enabling the robots to independently work or provide support in work-intensive, difficult and possibly complex situations, and giving them higher level intelligence like social behavior and cognitions. To make the robots smarter, knowledge and technique from multiple research areas should combine, like intelligent sensors, computer vision, geometric processing, operating system and automation. In order to encourage the integration of various research streams from robotics and other relevant disciplines, this workshop aims to bring together a diverse and multidisciplinary group of researchers interested in intelligent robotics. The workshop will include several invited talks and a poster session to introduce the newest progress in intelligent robotics. The topics of this workshop will cover:

  • Geometric computing for robotics;
  • Scene understanding of robots;
  • Smart control architectures of robots;
  • Intelligent Human-Robot interaction;
  • Robots and smart manipulation;
  • System software for robots;
  • Security and safety of robots.


Workshop Co-Chairs
Local Organizer

Date and Venue

The workshop will be held on April 12, 2017, co-located with Computational Visual Media conference, at Nankai University, Tianjing.

Invited speakers and program

 to be  announced

Conference Program

Smart Robotics Schedule (Apr. 12, 2017, Lecture Hall)
09:00 – 09:10 Open session
09:10 – 09:50 Dinesh Manocha
09:50 – 10:30 Michael Yu Wang: From Compliant Mechanisms to Soft Robots
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break
10:50 – 11:30 Peter Hall
11:30 – 12:10 Youfu Li
12:10 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:40 Fuchun Sun
14:40 – 15:20 Charlie C. L. Wang
Young Scientists Forum (Apr. 11, 2017, College of Computers and Control Engineering 523)
14:00 – 14:20 Openning session
14:20 – 14:50
14:50 – 15:20
15:20 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 16:30
16:30 – 17:00
Student Training: Research and Scientific Paper Writing (Apr. 11, 2017, Lecture Hall)
18:30 – 19:10 Ralph Martin
19:10 – 19:50 Yu-Kun Lai
Keynote Speaker I:
Prof. Michael Yu Wang

Talk Tittle: From Compliant Mechanisms to Soft Robots
Talk Abstract:

Compliant mechanisms provide kinematic solutions for transferring or transforming motion or force in a mechatronic system. Rather than relying on sliding or rolling motion as in traditional mechanics, compliant mechanisms produce their mobility based on the deflection of flexible members. This enables the integration of multiple functions into simple topologies, by embedding sensors and actuators to build fully functional and distributed devices capable of complex tasks. Further, the simple topologies in structural, mechanical, and electronic integration could lend themselves to advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing with materials specialized in electro-mechanical sensing and actuation in addition to structural support, such as electroactive polymers and nanoparticle composites. Compliant mechanisms show promise for developing soft robots in addressing many pressing needs such as next generation medical implants and biomimetic medical devices.

This presentation describes an overview of a class of such compliant mechatronic systems and methods for their design and fabrication. It focuses on a computation method for designing compliant mechanisms with distributed compliance and/or made of multiple materials. It also presents an overview of  exploratory solutions to modeling of soft continuum, hyper-elastic simulation for soft robots, distributed control of soft actuators (polymers or fluids), strategies for soft manipulation and locomotion, and rapid prototyping and fabrication of elastic robots.

Short Bio:

Michael Yu Wang is a Professor and the Founding Director of HKUST Robotics Institute. Before joining HKUST in 2015, he served on the engineering faculty at University of Maryland, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. He has numerous professional honors–National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, 1993; Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from Society of Automotive Engineers, 1994; LaRoux K. Gillespie Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1995; Boeing–A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow, Boeing, 1998; Distinguished Investigator Award of NSFC; Chang Jiang (Cheung Kong) Scholars Award from the Ministry of Education of China and Li Ka Shing Foundation (Hong Kong), and the State Natural Science Prize (Class II) from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He received the Kayamori Best Paper Award of 2001 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Compliant Mechanisms Award-Theory of ASME 31st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2007, Research Excellence Award (2008) of CUHK, and ASME Design Automation Award (2013). He is the current Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering, and served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation and ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. He is a Fellow of ASME, HKIE and IEEE. He received his Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University (1989).