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Call for Abstracts: Topic on Mechanics Modeling of Soft Robots in ASME IMECE 2019

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Dear colleagues:
We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the topic on Mechanics Modeling of Soft Robots at the 2019 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2019) to be held from November 8-14, 2019 at Salt Lake City, Utah.
Soft robots have been attracting intensive research interests over the past few years and a variety of soft robots driven by different mechanism have been proposed to mimic the locomotion and manipulation mechanisms of soft biological organisms. Soft robots, when interacting with humans, animals, or human tissues/organs, are safe to operate even without sophisticated force control. They are primarily made of soft (active) materials, such as elastomers, polymers, hydrogels etc., and can undergo large continuum deformations that allow them to conform to objects and squeeze through gaps in unstructured environments.

Mechanics, modeling and optimization of soft robots is of great importance to the design, simulation, analysis, and control of soft robots. Soft robots have virtually infinite number of degrees of freedom, which leads to the shift of mechanics of soft robots from rigid body to structural and continuum mechanics. Mechanics of soft robots is further complicated by the nonlinear material properties, novel actuator forces, contact interactions with environments, and efficiency requirement for real-time control. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for researchers involved in the mechanics, modeling, manufacturing and applications of soft robots to share and disseminate their work.

To submit an abstract, please
1. Go to:
2. Select Track 11 (Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids)
3. Select Topic 11-6 (Mechanics modeling of soft robots)
Note: This topic accepts “presentation only” abstracts. No papers will be accepted.
The deadline for abstract submission is June 22nd, 2019.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We look forward to receiving your contributions and seeing you in Salt Lake City.

Hongyan Yuan, University of Rhode Island,
Changyong Cao, Michigan State University,
Jian Zhu, National University of Singapore,

Applied Mechanics Division - Elasticity Technical Committee

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