Impulsive, Fast, Compliant, and Versatile

Soft robots and microrobots promise animal-like agility but currently lack the speed and power needed for real-world applications. This workshop explores breakthroughs in impulsive, fast, high-power soft actuators and compliant mechanisms that can bring unparalleled dexterity and versatility within reach.


Call for Contribution

We invite researchers working on related topics to present recent results via an poster presentation and/or a 2-minute teaser talk in the interactive presentation session. Here's how you can contribute:

Poster Submissions

If you opt to submit a poster, you are indicating your intention to bring a physical poster to the conference. At this moment, we are in the process of confirming the available poster sizes with the conference organizers and will communicate the specifications as soon as we have more information.

Video/Presentation Submissions

Approved submissions will be allocated a 2-minute presentation slot during the workshop. The video should be no longer than 2 minutes.

Dual Submissions

Participants are welcome to submit both a poster and a video/presentation file if they wish to take advantage of both formats for their contribution.

Submission deadline: 15 April 2024.
Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2024.

In case of a technical difficulty related to the submission through the system via the channel above, you may directly email us your submission at pchirara[a]

Schedule (Annex Hall, F204)

Join via Zoom!

08:50 - 09:00 Opening Address by Organizers
09:00 - 09:25 Mirko Kovac
Impulsive aquatic escape with multi-modal robots
09:25 - 09:50 Yong-Lae Park
Soft Electromagnetic Artificial Muscles using High-Density Liquid-Metal Coils
09:50 - 10:15 Justin Yim
Series-elastic hopping and jumping
10:15 - 10:30 Panel Discussion
10:30 - 11:00 Poster, Demo Sessions / Break
11:00 - 11:25 Sukjun Kim
Jumping for more agile locomotion at gram to milligram scales
11:25 - 11:50 Kyujin Cho
Jumping concepts for cm-scale robots: Bioinspiration to Engineering
11:50 - 12:15 Farrell Helbling
Challenges in power and control autonomy for insect-scale vehicles
12:15 - 12:30 Panel Discussion
12:30 - 02:00 Lunch Break
02:00 - 02:30 Lighning talk Session
02:30 - 02:55 Li Wen
Octopus-inspired sensorized soft arm for environmental interaction
02:55 - 03:20 Dieter Buechler
The Role of the Robotic Body in Learning Agile & Accurate Control
03:20 - 03:45 Cameron Aubin
Powerful, soft, micro-combustion actuators for insect-scale robots
03:45 - 04:00 Panel Discussion
04:00 - 04:30 Poster, Demo Sessions / Break
04:30 - 04:45 Concluding Remarks