Soft Robot Design, Development, and ManufacturE – Insights from Industrial Applications

IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics

April 14, 2019

COEX, Seoul, KoREa

A workshop that brings together scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders to discuss the design, development, and manufacture of soft robots from an industrial standpoint.


Dr Koichi Suzumori, Tokyo Institute of Technology, S-muscle Co.

Dr T.J. Wallin, Oculus

Dr Lucia Beccai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, XoSoft

Mr Alex Alspach, Toyota Research Institute

Dr Robert Shepherd, Cornell University

Mr Timothy Duggan, Otherlab

Dr Herbert Shea, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Dr Majid Taghavi, The University of Bristol


Mr Stephen T. Mahon

Mr Benjamin Shih

Dr Michelle C. Yuen

Dr Michael T. Tolley

Dr Adam A. Stokes

Soft robotics represents a new paradigm in terms of mechanics, control and power supply compared to traditional hard robotics. The potential for these systems is being explored where traditional industrial robots are unsafe for delicate interaction. Many innovative solutions have been developed in recent years to design soft systems; we have seen promising results in the areas of sub-sea manipulation, automation, and rehabilitative robotics. The impact of this technology has the potential to transform our work for the better.

In this workshop, we bring together the soft robotic community to talk about design, development, and manufacture from an industrial standpoint. We draw upon the cumulative knowledge and experience of academia and industry to highlight the future needs and potential applications of soft robotics and the gaps in translating lab-based demonstrations into real-world application. The field of soft robotics is in its infancy, and as we move towards realizing the industrial potential of this technology, we will need new design tools, control and instrumentation paradigms, and manufacturing processes that will allow soft robotics to thrive in the future.


Dr Koichi Suzumori

Toyko Institute of Technology

S-muscle Co.

Dr T.J. Wallin


Dr Lucia Beccai

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia


Mr Alex Alspach

Toyota Research Institute

Dr Robert Shepherd

Cornell University

Mr Timothy Duggan


Dr Majid Taghavi

Bristol Robotics Lab, The University of Bristol

Dr Herbert Shea

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne


Morning session (09:30 - 12:30)

  • 09:30 - 09:40 Welcome and introduction
  • 09:40 - 10:00 T.J. Wallin, Oculus
  • 10:00 - 10:20 Tim Duggan, Otherlab
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Synchronized coffee break
  • 11:00 - 11:20 Alex Alspach, Toyota Research Institute
  • 11:20 - 11:40 Rob Shepherd, Cornell Univ.
  • 11:40 - 12:20 Open panel discussion

Lunch Break (12:30 - 14:00)

afternoon session (14:00 - 16:00)

  • 14:00 - 14:20 Koichi Suzumori, Toyko Institute of Technology, S-muscle Co.
  • 14:20 - 14:40 Lucia Beccai, XoSoft
  • 14:40 - 15:00 Majid Taghavi, Bristol Robotics Lab
  • 15:00 - 15:20 Herbert Shea, EPFL
  • 15:20 - 16:00 Open panel discussion


Engagement and Discussion (16:30 - 20:00)

  • 16:30 - 16:45 Breakout into small groups
  • 16:45 - 17:30 Small group discussions
  • 17:30 - 18:15 Present summaries
  • 18:15 - 18:30 Concluding remarks
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Poster Session

Thank you to our sponsor


Contact Us

We respect your privacy.