Robot Makers

Workshop to be held in conjunction with
2014 Robotics Science and Systems
July 12, 2014, Berkeley, California

!!! A survey paper about the RoMa Workshop will appear soon in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) !!!
Robot Makers: The future of digital rapid design and fabrication of robots
A future enriched by personal on-demand programmable robots will require multi-disciplinary advancements across a range of research areas. New algorithms and programming languages will be necessary to define, evaluate, and optimize behavioral specifications and designs. New paradigms and tools will be needed for on-demand design generation. And new fabrication methods will be needed to realize custom electromechanical devices. Within this workshop, we aim to bring together researchers pushing forward the state of the art in these and related fields. Through talks and discussions, this workshop will seek to identify key issues facing the realization of custom cyber-physical systems; by gathering like-minded researchers together, we can address these issues and begin to develop a roadmap for upcoming research. This interactive, multi-prong, cross-disciplinary workshop will define and advance the future of robot making. Any papers that discuss challenges in developing and programming robots are welcomed. In particular, we invite submissions that are centered on the following topics:
  • Rapid Fabrication for Robotics;
  • Personalized Robotics;
  • Programming Languages for Robotics;
  • Hardware/software Codesign;
  • Design Databases;
  • 2D and 3D Printing;
  • Robotics in Education and;
  • Robotics in Art.
Confirmed Invited Speakers
  • Prof. Adam Stokes, U. of Edinburgh
  • Prof. Nikolaus Correll, CU Boulder
  • Prof. Mark Yim, UPenn
  • Prof. Oleg Sokolsky, UPenn
  • Prof. Robert Shepherd, Cornell
  • Dr. Daniel M. Aukes, Harvard
Important Dates
  • May 02 May 16 – Submission Deadline (extended)
  • June 02 June 09 – Acceptance Notification
  • July 06 – Final Submission
  • July 12 – 2014 RoMa Workshop in Berkeley, Ca (room Wheeler 122 on the UC Berkeley campus)
Submissions Instructions
We welcome both papers and extended abstract that contribute to the fields of fabrication, design, and programming of robotic systems. All submissions will receive standard reviews and will be evaluated in terms of significance, relevance, and technical quality. Accepted papers will be presented through a 20 minutes oral presentation, while extended abstract will be presented through a 12 minutes presentation.

Submitted papers should be up to 6 pages in length, including figures and uploaded via the RoMa2014 Submission Site.

Submitted extended abstract should be up to 2 pages in length, including figures, and uploaded via the RoMa2014 Submission Site. The title of the submission should start with "Extended Abstract".

A paper template is available in Latex and Word.
Organizing Committee
Workshop Program
The workshop will be held in room Wheeler 122 on the UC Berkeley campus (Room Info)

Morning Session (9:00 - 12:30)

SESSION 1: Design / Vision – 9:00 - 10:30
  • Introduction by RoMa Organizers – 09:00 - 09:20
  • Adam Stokes - Fabrication of Soft Robotics and Integrated Soft Systems – 09:20 - 09:50
  • Joshua Schultz and Peter Hawrylak - Modular Actuation Systems: A Scalable Solution for Delivering Robotic Performance – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
  • Yigit Menguc, Conor Walsh and Robert Wood - Design for manufacturability of soft sensors with discretized stiffness gradients – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
  • Yash Mulgaonkar and Vijay Kumar - Open-Source, Printable Pico-Quadrotor – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
Coffee Break – 10:30 - 11:00
SESSION 2: Fabrication – 11:00 - 12:30
  • Nikolaus Correll - Robotic Materials: From Smart Polymers to Computational Metamaterials – 11:00 - 11:30 pdf
  • Joseph Greenspun, Daniel Drew and Kristofer Pister - Investigation of Atmospheric Ion Thrusters using Rapid Prototyping Techniques – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
  • Michael Wehner, Nicholas Bartlett, Yigit Menguc, Carlneil Domkam and Robert Wood - Multimaterial Devices Expand the Design-Space for Soft Robotics – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
  • Mauricio Dias and Bruno Silva - Low Cost Robot Design for Research and Educational Purposes – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
  • Gregory McCarthy, Daniil Effraimidis, Brian Jennings, Nicholas Corso, Cagdas Onal and Marko Popovic - Hydraulically Actuated Muscle (HAM) Exo-Musculature – 15+5 mins presentation pdf
Lunch (12:30 - 14:00)

Afternoon Session (14:00 - 18:00)

SESSION 3: Software – 14:00 - 15:30
  • Oleg Sokolsky - Architectural modeling for model-based engineering: the AADL perspective – 14:00 - 14:30
  • Daniel M. Aukes - PopupCAD: a New Design Tool for Developing Inherently-Manufacturable Laminate Devices – 14:30 - 15:00
  • Donal Holland, Evelyn Park, Panagiotis Polygerinos and Conor Walsh Shared - Online Resources to Support On-Demand Design and Fabrication of Soft Robotic Devices – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
  • Matt Bunting and Jonathan Sprinkle - Rapid Prototyping of Dmitri, a Hexapod Robot – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
  • Joseph Delpreto, Ankur Mehta and Daniela Rus - Cogeneration of Electrical and Software Designs from Structural Specifications – 10+2 mins presentation pdf
Coffee Break – 15:30 - 16:00
SESSION 4: Future Directions – 16:00 - 18:00
  • Mark Yim - Design Issues in Robotic Performance Art – 16:00 - 16:30
  • Kamilo Melo, Manolo Garabini, Giorgio Grioli, Manuel Catalano, Lorenzo Malagia and Antonio Bicchi - Open Source VSA-CubeBots for Rapid Soft Robot Prototyping – 15+5 mins presentation pdf
  • Discussion – 16:50 - 17:50
  • Conclusion – 17:50 - 18:00
Informal dinner with organizers/attendees – 19:00