• RoboSoft Grand Challenge
  • Soft-legs robot crawler
    Soft-legs robot crawler

    ICT-FET OCTOPUS Integrating Project

  • ICAR 2015 Workshop
  • PoseiDrone
    PoseiDrone

    The Biorobotics Institute, Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics

  • RoboSoft
    RoboSoft

    RoboSoft - A Coordination Action for Soft Robotics!

  • IROS 2015 Workshop
  • HMA Hand
    HMA Hand

    Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab, ETH Zürich

  • Octopus
    Octopus

    Soft Robotics Lab - The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA. Photo credits: Massimo Brega

  • Octopus
    Octopus

    Soft Robotics Lab - The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA. Photo credits: Massimo Brega

  • HMA Dog
    HMA Dog

    Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab, ETH Zürich

  • Octopus
    Octopus

    Soft Robotics Lab - The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA

  • Octopus
    Octopus

    Soft Robotics Lab - The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA. Photo credits: Massimo Brega

  • PoseiDrone
    PoseiDrone

    The Biorobotics Institute, Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics

 

Welcome to RoboSoft

RoboSoft is a Coordination Action for Soft Robotics funded by the European Commission under the Future and Emerging Technologies - FET- Open Scheme (FP7-ICT-2013-C project # 619319).

RoboSoft rationale

Soft robotics, intended as the use of soft materials in robotics, is a young research field, going to overcome the basic assumptions of conventional rigid robotics and its solid theories and techniques, developed over the last 50 years. Using soft materials to apply forces on the environment, as expected in a soft robot able to locomote, grasp, and perform other tasks, poses new problems at the level of the different components as well as at the whole system level. The technologies for actuating the soft materials have not yet been demonstrated to exist in a general form, although specific effective examples exists. The same is true for sensors embedded in the soft materials and for soft robotic energy suppliers.

A Coordination Action for Soft Robotics is extremely necessary and timely in the current and future landscape of robotics and biorobotics and can capitalize on the competitiveness of European research in this new field. A common forum will help soft robotics researchers to combine their efforts, to maximize the opportunities and to materialize the huge potential impact. 

RoboSoft will create this missing framework for the soft robotics scientists, regardless of their background disciplines, and will enable the accumulation and sharing of the crucial knowledge needed for scientific progress in this field. RoboSoft will not only create and consolidate the soft robotics community, but will also create assets that go beyond the end of the three-year CA.

 

 

News

Soft Robotics Journal - News and Views - June 2015

The Soft Robotics Week: A New Yearly Event for the Community of Soft Robotics
Read online

RoboSoft Newsletter March 2015

Issue 3 of the RoboSoft CA newsletter is available for download:

RoboSoft in FET Newsletter

RoboSoft has been featured in the November 2014 edition of the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) Newsletter.

Online Article
Read the full issue online
Download pdf

Events

Gadget Show Live 2016

31st of March – 03rd of April 2016 
NEC Birmingham, UK

More updates will come soon!

Information contact: Jonathan Rossiter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk)

Soft Robotics Week 2016

April 25 - 30, 2016, Livorno, Italy

Plenary Meeting 2016

April 27 - 28, 2016, Livorno, Italy

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