Workshop on Modular Self-reconfigurable Robots
ICRA 2022
Monday - 23 May 2022, 8:30 AM- 5:45 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.           

Confirmed Speakers (and tentative talk titles)  

-Dario Floreano 
Talk title: Modular Tensegrity Robots
-Mark YimTalk title: Efficiency in modular self-reconfiguring robots
-Jamie Paik
Talk title: TBA
-Simon Hauser
Talk title: How to (not) build self-reconfigurable modular robots
-Bahar Haghighat 
Talk title: ​Swarms of miniaturized robotic modules for sensing and inspection applications
-Steve Ceron 
Talk title: Strain-based coordination of soft modular robots
-Petras Swissler 
Talk title: Beyond A Priori Lattices: Amorphous and Environment-Reactive Self-Assembly
-Cynthia Sung
Talk title: compliance-enabled reconfiguration
-Aaron Becker  (or student Yitong Lu)
Talk title: Putting the brains on the outside: the case for coded couplings and external control
-Daniela RusTalk 
title: TBA
-Tin Lun Lam
Talk title: Unlocking MSRRs' Freeform Capability by 3D Full-body Instant Docking Mechanism
-Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin
Talk title: Self-reconfigurable multilegged robot swarms for challenging terradynamic tasks

Preliminary Schedule

(9:00-9:20) Introduction by Petersen, Rubenstein, and Rus.
(9:20-9:40) Invited talk 1
(9:40-10:00) Invited talk 2
(10:00-10:20) Invited talk 3
(10:20-10:30) Discussion
(10:30-10:40) Break
(10:40-11:00) Invited talk 4
(11:00-11:20) Invited talk 5
(11:20-11:40) Lightning talks for poster presenters
(11:40-12:00) Invited talk 6
(12:00-12:15) Discussion
(12:15-13:30) Lunch
(13:30-13:50) Invited talk 7
(13:50-14:10) Invited talk 8
(14:10-14:30) Invited talk 9
(14:30-14:40) Discussion
(14:40-15:00) Invited talk 10
(15:00-15:20) Invited talk 11
(15:20-15:40) Invited talk 12
(15:40-16:00) Break
(16:00-17:00) Robot show and tell / poster session
(17:00-17:30) Full group discussion
(17:30-17:40) Closing

Poster abstracts:
Poster abstracts can be submitted by email to rubenstein@northwestern.edu, please submit no later than May 1.