Program

The program (PDF) is hands-on, focusing on interaction between participants and group discussions. Please use the “Google slides” templates hyperlinked from your discussion topic to collect your notes to streamline your group’s presentation and collection of results. All meeting rooms are located in the University Memorial Center.

Friday, March 10, 2017

(5.45pm University of Colorado Bus will pick up in front of the Millenium Harvest Hotel)

6:00 Dinner at “The Mediterranean“, 1002 Walnut Street

(Please arrange for your own transportation to return to the hotel)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

(Breakfast will be available starting at 7.45am)

8:00 Opening remarks

8:15 3-min introductions focussing on “Component technologies for Robotic Materials”

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Keynote 1: The embodied organization of the octopus motor control (Benny Hochner)

11:15 Breakout Session 1:

  1. Pick five every-day objects. What would be an optimal material to make them? Example “cup”: unbreakable, maintains temperature of content. Assume anything within the fundamental laws of physics to be possible.
  2. What are examples of natural systems that rely on tight integration of sensing, actuation, computation and communication, and what are the unique functions they enable? 
  3. You are tasked to build a humanoid robot with human-like dexterity and intelligence. What kind of materials would you wish for to make your life easy?
  4. What properties would make a smart composite that contains heterogeneous components (sensors, actuators, computation, wiring) a “material”?

12:15 Lunch at the C4C

1:15 Reconvene for group summary presentations and discussion

2:15 Breakout Session 2:

  1. What kind of information could be sensed in a robotic material? How often would that information needed to be sampled? How much data would it consist of?
  2. What kind of information would be computed in a robotic material? Think about examples for both signal processing and control.
  3. What kind of information would be communicated in a robotic material? What would its bandwidth requirements be in the time-domain? What about the space-domain?
  4. What types of actuation could be integrated into a robotic material? Think about both local and global behaviors. What are the implications on sensing, computation and communication?

3:15 Reconvene for group summary presentations and discussion

4:15 Breakout Session 3:

  1. What are possible ways to integrate computation and communication into a material? Consider both analog and digital computation.
  2. What are the manufacturing challenges in robotic materials? What advances do we need in 3D printing, assembly and self-assembly when bridging the nano, micro, and meso scale?
  3. What are the scientific challenges of integrating off-the-shelf components into smart composites and how can this activity inform fundamental science in each subdiscipline?

5:15 Reconvene for group summary presentations and discussion

6:30 Dinner at Chautauqua Dining Hall, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80302.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

(Breakfast will be available starting at 7.45am, University of Colorado Bus will pick up at the Millenium House at 7.45am)

8:00 Housekeeping

8:15 Keynote 2: From the Fingers to the Brain (Roland Johansson)

9:00 Breakout Session 4:

Start a company that makes robotic materials. What kind of material would be selling like sliced bread? Sketch a preliminary design. Ignore manufacturing issues and cost, but try to use existing technology as much as possible. Group 1, Group 2, Group 3

10:00 Coffee break

10:15 Reconvene for group summary presentations and discussion

11:00 Extra Brainstorming

11:15 Breakout Session 5:

Come up with an interdisciplinary proposal to AFOSR/ONR/ARO/NSF that has a “robotic material” at its core. What is needed that is not present but possible? What new tools do we need? What research approaches would transform this field? What are the fundamental questions that arise from integration of sensing, actuation, computation and communication? Group 1, Group 2, Group 3

12:15 Lunch at the C4C

1:15  Reconvene for group summary presentations and discussion

2:00Closing remarks

(2:30pm University of Colorado Bus will drive to the airport)