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Parallel Lines

Workshop on Untethered Soft Robotics
May 15, DesignLab, University of Twente

In this one-day workshop, we will use the equipment and the beautiful and friendly atmosphere of the DesignLab at the University of Twente to provide the opportunity for discussion and hands-on experiences in some of the required technologies for realizing untethered soft robots.

Since we cannot host more than 30 participants for this workshop, the young researchers and students who would like to participate are requested to send a motivation letter (before March 30) to Ali Sadeghi ( 

Speakers & Topic of Practical Sessions

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Ali Sadeghi

University of Twente

Application of Electrorheological Fluids in Soft Robotics

In this session, we will discuss and practice the methods for the fabrication and characterization of electrorheological (ER) fluids, we design and fabricate ER valves and use them for the control of a soft fluidic actuator.

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Majid Taghavi

Imperial College London

Electro-Ribbon Zipping Actuators

In this session, we will learn the working mechanism of Electro-ribbon zipping actuators and will discuss its opportunities and challenges by building multiple embodiments and adjusting the generated force and displacement.


Venkat Kalpathy Venkiteswaran

University of Twente

Magnetic Actuation of Bio-Inspired Soft Robots

In this session, we will discuss and practice the fabrication and magnetization of silicone rubber centimeter-scale soft robots and actuate them using handheld permanent magnets to observe their programmable behavioral response.


Islam Khalil

University of Twente

Soft Micro-Bio Robots

In this session, we will discuss the swimming strategy of soft micro-bio robots and provide sufficient tools to numerically simulate their behavior. Our purpose, and consequently the focus of the workshop is to briefly discuss the implementation of state-of-the-art microrobotic technologies as a tool in various biomedical applications

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