Workshop on Modular Self-reconfigurable Robots

ICRA 2022
Monday - 23 May 2022, 9:00 AM- 5:30 PM

Organized by: Michael Rubenstein, Kirstin Petersen, Daniela Rus

We Invite you to a full-day workshop on modular self-reconfigurable robots.  This workshop consists of invited talks by a diverse group of experts in the field, a poster session, and a hardware “show and tell” session.  These activities are designed to start new collaborations between researchers with a diversity of background, geographic location, and career-stages.     

Workshop Details

Modular self-reconfigurable robots (MSRRs) consist of groups of individual robots that can mechanically connect together to move and interact with the environment together as a single entity. These systems are envisioned to be nearly as capable as traditional robots, with the added benefit of adaptability and fault tolerance. However, the abilities of current MSRRs are far-removed for those predicted capabilities. The goal of this workshop is to gather researchers to have an open discussion on the state of MSRRs today. We will discuss both advances in hardware design and the algorithms for controlling these systems. The day will feature invited talks with a diverse set of expert speakers from within the MSRR community. Interspersed between invited talks and discussions there will be a poster session as well as a “show and tell” where we will invite participants to bring MSRR systems (even a single module, or just a unique component of a module), to facilitate small-group discussions of these systems. By bringing this community together, we hope to advance the MSRR community and to catalyze new collaborations and ideas.


All times EST

9:00-9:20 Introduction
9:20-9:40 Tin Lun Lam: Unlocking MSRRs' Freeform Capability by 3D Full-body Instant Docking Mechanism
9:40-10:00 Zeynep Temel (Sha Yi): Filling in the gaps: Physical coupling for reconfigurable robots
Mark Yim:  Efficiency in modular self-reconfiguring robots
10:20-10:30 Discussion
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-11:00 Dario Floreano: Multi-cellular tensegrity robots
11:00-11:20 Cynthia Sung: Planning and design for pivoting modular robots
11:20-11:40 Lightning session for posters
11:40-12:00 Kasper Støy: Towards braided modular robots
12:00-12:15 Discussion
12:15-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-13:50 Steven Ceron: Strain-Based Coordination of Soft Modular Robots
13:50-14:10 Petras Swissler: Fireant 3d: A Non-lattice MSRR
14:10-14:30 Yasemin Ozkan Aydin: Self-reconfigurable multilegged robot swarms for challenging terradynamic tasks
14:30-14:40 Discussion
14:40-15:00 Martin Eric William Nisser: Reconfigurable Robots for Assembly in Space
15:00-15:20 Aaron Becker: Putting the brains on the outside: the case for coded couplings and external control
15:20-15:30 Break
15:30-16:30 Robot show and tell / poster session
1630-17:30 Full group discussion/closing