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Robosoft 2021

Online Workshop - April 12, 2021

Plant-hybrid machines, sensors, energy systems
An interface for soft robotics?

Venue: web workshop
Website: robosoft 2021-workshop


Barbara Mazzolai

Principal Investigator, Bioinspired Soft Robotics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Fabian Meder

PostDoc, Bioinspired Soft Robotics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia


In the last years, a new generation of biohybrid devices have begun to develop that interact with living plants and uses plants as part of integrated devices. The often soft devices employ living plants to derive new strategies for sensing, energy conversion, biodegradation, and environmental monitoring. The prototypes range from integrated sensors to energy harvesting systems in which plants are key components. Soft materials or intrinsically adapt gently to the plant tissue, leaves, and other organs without significantly influencing the physiology. Combining plants with artificial components to achieve efficient and useful biohybrid devices, however, is truly still in an early developmental stage. In this workshop, we would like to bring pioneers of the field together and open up a discussion on how soft machines can contribute to plant-hybrid devices and create promising technologies spanning from agricultural and ecosystem monitoring to energy harvesting.

List of speakers

(in alphabetic order)

Trisha L. Andrew - University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Juan Pablo Giraldo - University of California, USA
Muhammad M. Hussain - KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Barbara Mazzolai - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Fabian Meder - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Thomas Speck - University of Freiburg, Germany
Eleni Stavrinidou - Linköping University, Sweden
Zhigang Wu - Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Event Agenda

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Call for short talks

Submit your abstract (200 words, 1 Figure) to the organizers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).