Last Tuesday, we presented the plans of the Soft Robotics programme to about 150 representatives from academia, industry and government. This was done in the kick-off meeting to the 4TU funding initiative “High-tech for a sustainable future”, held in The Hague. This initiative provided funding for tens of tenure track positions, to enable high-tech solutions for societal challenges such as health, safety, and food. Five research programs were funded by the 4TU federation in this context, and we are proud our Soft Robotics programme is one of them. The Soft Robotics research program lasts for 4 years, unites the efforts of the four technical universities in the Netherlands, and is led by colleague Herman van der Kooij.
Xi Lin, PhD student under the guidance of Michael Wiertlewski, won the best paper award at the Soft Haptics workshop that took place during ICRA 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The paper is part of the special issue on Soft Haptic Interaction: Modeling, Design, and Application in the Robotics and Automation Letters and presents a novel method for measuring the distribution of the friction force over the contact area. This soft tactile sensor offers unique measurements that will drive the next generation of control strategy for robotic grasping and perception.
Thursday 18 December 2014