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1st International Electronic Conference on Actuator Technology: Materials, Devices and Applications

23/11/2020 - 27/11/2020

Materials, Actuators, Efficiency, Dynamics, Energy Consumption
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Conference Closed

We are pleased to announce that IeCAT 2020 has been finished successfully. All comments and discussions on the manuscripts are closed now. We would like to thank all the participants, all the conference chairs, the committee members as well as our keynote and invited speakers for their excellent work.

The next edition of IeCAT is expected to be held in November 2021. We wish that you will continue to keep an eye on our next edition and welcome your participation in the next year!

Important Announcement

Please note that the Submission of Full Conference Paper and Presentation has been extended to 19 November 2020, which means you have three more days extension to upload your full submission and presentation. This would be the very last time for you to submit your full papers and presentations. Look forward to receiving your full submissions and presentations!


Live Sessions Schedule:

  1. Session: Soft and Biohybrid Actuation
    Chair: Dr. Aslan Miriyev
    Time: 23 November 2020 | 8:20-12:00 am (EST)
    Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2016027713395/WN_1PVdSoUTRFaOkh9Skw5Bew
  1. Session: Miniaturized and micro-actuators
    Chairs: Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohl; Dr. Kirill Poletkin
    Time: 24 November 2020 | 14:05-17:15 pm (CET)
    Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6216027713936/WN_eDIyuiZ2Q_CAAztCX0fNdA
  1. Session: Actuator Materials
    Chair: Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino
    Time: 25 November 2020 | 8:30-10:30 am (EST)
    Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1816027714421/WN_rl3A93vnTOuTVGrRFkY0bg
  1. Session: Actuator Applications
    Chairs: Prof. Dr. Tatiana Minav; Prof. Dr. José Luis Sánchez Rojas
    Time: 26 November 2020 | 9:05-11:35 am (CET)
    Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6616027715059/WN_Ldc574RRTbanTXPgzWyCFw

Details are at Program of Online Sessions. Welcome to register and meet us at the live sessions.

Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 1st International Electronic Conference on Actuator Technology: Materials, Devices and Applications (IeCAT), sponsored by the MDPI open access journal Actuators. The meeting is an opportunity for researchers in the field of actuator science and technology to present their research and exchange ideas with colleagues. This is an electronic conference, removing the need to travel and eliminating participation expenses.

The conference will be organized around the following general topics, although it may be open to other sessions or subject areas related to the aims and scope of the journal Actuators.

This will be a virtual conference held at www.sciforum.net, a platform developed and sponsored by MDPI to organize and provide technical support for electronic conferences.

The format of the conference is as follows: After abstract acceptance, the authors will submit a pre-recorded video presentation (within 20 minutes) or a series of narrated slides that will be accessible online, open for discussion, comments, and questions, during the entire conference and will remain available after the e-conference. Authors are requested to submit a full description of their work in a conference paper that will be peer-reviewed and, upon acceptance, published in Proceedings. Paper submission is not a requirement for active conference participation.

The participation is free of charge—both for authors and attendees. Accepted papers will be gathered in the proceedings of the conference and available online on the MDPI website. Selected extended versions of the papers will be published in a Special Issue of the journal Actuators with a discount of 20% on the article processing charge (ISSN 2076-0825; Actuators).

The best conference paper and presentation will receive an award of 500 CHF, as well as an offer to publish an extended paper, free of charge, in the Special Issue of the journal Actuators.

We look forward to engaging in exciting discussions and hearing new ideas and perspectives from experts in the field. All participants are welcome to join the online conference.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. José Luis Sánchez Rojas
Prof. Dr. Tatiana Minav

Conference Secretariat
Ms. Cynthia He
Ms. Christian Liang
Email:[email protected]

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Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st September 2020 15 September 2020
Notification of Acceptance: 15th September 2020 30 September 2020
Submission of Full Conference Paper and Presentation: 16th November 2020 19th November 2020
Conference Open: 23-27 November 2020


Welcome Speech from the Chairs

List of accepted submissions (43)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Presentation Pdf
sciforum-035624 “Hi-Fi Stake” Piezoelectric Actuators and New Developments

F.C. Lim, D.H. Lin, L.C. Lim

Submitted: 31 Aug 2020

Abstract: Show Abstract
F.C. Lim, D.H. Lin, L.C. Lim N/A N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-041488 A Generalized Control Model and Its Digital Algorithm for Aerospace Electrohydraulic Actuators

Shoujun Zhao, Keqin Chen, Xiaosha Zhang, Yingxin Zhao, Guanghui Jing, Chuanwei Yin, Xue Xiao

Submitted: 16 Nov 2020

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Shoujun Zhao, Keqin Chen, Xiaosha Zhang, Yingxin Zhao, Guanghui Jing, Chuanwei Yin, Xue Xiao N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-035744 A Low-Cost Miniature Electrohydrostatic Actuator

Travis Wiens

Submitted: 31 Aug 2020

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Travis Wiens Video Thumbnail N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-035360 A concept design of an adaptive tendon driven mechanism for active soft hand Orthosis.

Bruno Lourenço, Vitorino Neto, Rafhael de Andrade

Submitted: 31 Aug 2020

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Bruno Lourenço, Vitorino Neto, Rafhael de Andrade Video Thumbnail Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-035492 A method for smoothly disengaging the load-holding valves of energy-efficient electro-hydraulic systems

Daniel Hagen, Damiano Padovani

Submitted: 28 Aug 2020

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Daniel Hagen, Damiano Padovani N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract

Invited Speech

Efficient SMA Actuation - Design & Control Concepts
Paul Motzki

Online unbalanced vibration suppression of a flexible rotor supported by active magnetic bearing
Huachun Wu

Program of Online Sessions

During the duration of the conference, a number of live online sessions will be programmed. Each session will consist on several speakers lecturing on a special topic, and will be moderated by a chair. During each session, the participants will have the possibility to ask questions during a Q&A session. Detailed information about the topics and dates will be shared soon.

The live sessions are free. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards.

Session: Soft and Biohybrid Actuation (November 23rd)
Chair: Dr. Aslan Miriyev
Session Details

Time (EST) Speakers & Talks

8:20-8:30

Prof. Dr. José Luis Sánchez Rojas and Prof. Dr. Tatiana Minav

opening speech

8:30 – 9:10

Keynote talk

Prof. Dr. Carmel Majidi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Untethered soft robots with shape memory actuators

9:10 – 9:40

Invited talk 1

Dr. Ingrid Graz, Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria

Soft robotic systems inspired by plants

9:40 – 10:10

Invited talk 2

Dr. Victoria A. Webster-Wood, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Aquatic invertebrate muscle as a farmable bioactuator for biohybrid robots

10:10 -10:20

Short break

10:20 – 10:50

Invited talk 3

Dr. Dorina Opris, Empa, Switzerland

Functional elastomers responsive to electrical and mechanical stress

10:50 – 11:20

Invited talk 4

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, Yale University, USA

From Particles to Parts—Building Artificial Life from Multifunctional Materials

11:20 – 11:50

Invited talk 5

Dr. Stephan Rudykh, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Tailored design of soft materials through microstructures and buckling

11:50 – 12:00

Wrap up and concluding remarks, Session Chair, Dr. Aslan Miriyev

Please note that the time zone is EST(Eastern Standard Time).
Keynote talk time: 30 min. talk and 10 min. q&a.
Invited lectures talk time: 25 min. talk and 5 min. q&a.

Session:Miniaturized and micro-actuators (November 24th)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohl; Dr. Kirill Poletkin
Session Details

Time (GMT+1) Speakers & Talks

14:05-14:45

Keynote talk

Prof. Jürgen Rühe, University of Freiburg, Germany

working Hand in Hand: Cooperative (Micro-)Actuators and Actuator Fields

14:45-15:15

Invited talk 1

Dr. Christof Megnin, KIT, Germany

Commercialization of SMA microactuators

15:15-15:45

Invited talk 2

Prof. Igor Gaponov, Innopolis University, Russia

Twisted String Actuators in Robotics: Design, Control, and Applications

15:45-16:15

Invited talk 3

Dr. Victor Ruiz, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

linear motors based on Piezoelectric MEMS

16:15-16:45

Invited talk 4

Dr. Zhi Li, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany

MEMS Picoindenter with exchangeable AFM cantilever as an indenter for nanomechanical characterisation of micro- and nanomaterials

16:45 – 17:15

Wrap up and concluding remarks, Session Chairs

Please note that the time zone is CET time.
Keynote talk time: 30 min. talk and 10 min. q&a.
Invited lectures talk time: 25 min. talk and 5 min. q&a.

Session: Actuator Materials (November 25th)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino
Session Details

Time (EST) Speakers & Talks

8:30 – 8:35

Start

Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino, Penn State University, USA

Introduction of Session “Actuator Materials”

8:35 – 9:10

Keynote talk 1

Prof. Dr. Clive Randall, Penn State University, USA

Opportunities for Cold Sintering Materials for Capacitive and Piezoelectric Applications

9:10 – 9:45

Keynote talk 2

Prof. Dr. Isaku Kanno, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

PZT thin films for Piezo MEMS: deposition, characterization, and application

9:45 – 10:20

Keynote talk 3

Prof. Dr. Jungho Ryu, Yeungnam University, Gyeongbuk, Korea

Piezoelectric Thick film fabrication by Aerosol Deposition; applications and advances

10:20 – 10:30

Keynote talk 4

Wrap up and concluding remarks, Session Chair Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino

High Power Piezoelectrics – Future Trend

Please note that the time zone is EST (Eastern Standard Time).
Keynote talk time: 30 min. talk and 5min. q&a.

Session: Actuator Applications (November 26th)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Tatiana Minav, Prof. Dr. José Luis Sánchez Rojas
Session Details

Time (GMT+1) Speakers & Talks

9:05-9:45

Keynote talk 1

Prof. Dr. Elena Lomonova, Eindhoven University of Technology, The
Netherlands

New Paradigm in Electromechanics – Decoding the Physical Complexity of
High-Precision Positioning Systems

9:45-10:15

Keynote talk 2

Prof. Torben Ole Andersen, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Small Fluid Power Actuators for Digital Displacement Units, Linear Pump Controlled Drives and Exoskeletons

10:15-10:45

Invited talk 1

Dr. Marcel Schuck, Pioneer Fellow at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Contactless Gripping – Paving the Way Towards Flexible Micromanipulation

10:45-11:15

Invited talk 2

Prof. Yongling Fu, Beihang University (BUAA), China

New actuation and transmission solutions for aerospace applications

11:15 – 11:35

Wrap up and concluding remarks, Session Chairs

Please note that the time zone is CET time.
Keynote talk time: 30 min. talk and 10 min. q&a.
Invited lectures talk time: 25 min. talk and 5 min. q&a.

Recordings of Online Sessions

Below you will find the recordings of all the online sessions held during the e-conference for you to watch, re-watch and share with your colleagues!

Session 1: Soft and Biohybrid Actuation

Session 2: Miniaturized and Micro-Actuators

Session 3: Actuator Materials

Session 4: Actuator Applications

Conference Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, Actuators would like to award the best papers and best presentations as elected by the members of the scientific committee. We look forward to posting your contributions.

The Awards
Best Paper Award
The Best Paper Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant contribution to the conference. There will be one winners selected for this award, the winner will receive a certificate and 500 CHF and the winner will be offered an opportunity to publish a featured paper in Actuators for free.
Best Presentation Award
A presentation will be selected prior to the conference by the Scientific Committee. The winner will also be granted 500 CHF, a certificate and an offer to publish a free featured paper in Actuators.
Terms and Conditions:

Criteria for Evaluation of Best Paper Award:

  • Full paper must be submitted to IeCAT 2020;
  • Originality/novelty of the paper;
  • Significance of content;
  • Scientific soundness;
  • Interest to the readers;
  • English language and style.

Requirements for Best Presentation Award:

Presentation should have the following information.

  • Title (with authors and affiliations)
  • Introduction/Objectives/Aims
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contact information
  • A video presentation within 20 minutes

Conference Chairs

Professor José Luis Sánchez Rojas

Instituto de Nanociencia, Nanotecnología y Materiales Moleculares, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

DETAILS

Prof. J.L. Sanchez-Rojas received the B.E., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. In 1996-97, he was an Invited Postdoctoral Scientist with Cornell University and Colorado University, Boulder. He is currently Full Professor with the Univ. Castilla–La Mancha, Spain. His research interests cover optical and electrical characterization and modeling of semic. devices, miniaturization, design and applications of MEMS/NEMS, sensors and actuators.

Bio
Prof. J.L. Sanchez-Rojas received the B.E., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. In 1996-97, he was an Invited Postdoctoral Scientist with Cornell University and Colorado University, Boulder. He is currently Full Professor with the Univ. Castilla–La Mancha, Spain. His research interests cover optical and electrical characterization and modeling of semic. devices, miniaturization, design and applications of MEMS/NEMS, sensors and actuators.

Professor Tatiana Minav

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Tampere University

DETAILS

Prof. T. Minav, (PI, D.Sc. (Tech.)) is part of IHA-Innovative hydraulics and Automation unit in Tampere University/Finland. She is received Doctor of Science degree (D.Sc.) from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in 2011. She is expert in electro-hydrostatic systems and actuators, cylinder’s sensorless position motion control, simulation, energy balance and energy recovery systems in off-road mobile machinery.

Bio
Prof. T. Minav, (PI, D.Sc. (Tech.)) is part of IHA-Innovative hydraulics and Automation unit in Tampere University/Finland. She is received Doctor of Science degree (D.Sc.) from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in 2011. She is expert in electro-hydrostatic systems and actuators, cylinder’s sensorless position motion control, simulation, energy balance and energy recovery systems in off-road mobile machinery.

Conference Committee

Prof. Dr. Eugene Terentjev

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, United Kingdom

DETAILS

Interests: polymer physics; liquid crystals; nanocomposite materials; vitrimers

Bio
Interests: polymer physics; liquid crystals; nanocomposite materials; vitrimers

Prof. Dr. He Tian

Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

DETAILS

Interests: novel devices based on 2D materials; nanotechnology; nanofabrication; nanosensors; nanoactuators

Bio
Interests: novel devices based on 2D materials; nanotechnology; nanofabrication; nanosensors; nanoactuators

Prof. Dr. Marcelo Dapino

NSF I/UCRC on Smart Vehicle Concepts, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, E307 Scott Laboratory, 201 West 19th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA

DETAILS

Interests: smart materials; smart dynamic systems; advanced automotive systems; manufacturing of smart systems; joining processes for smart materials

Bio
Interests: smart materials; smart dynamic systems; advanced automotive systems; manufacturing of smart systems; joining processes for smart materials

Prof. Dr. Balaji Panchapakesan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

DETAILS

Prof. Dr. George Knopf

Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

DETAILS

Prof. Dr. Andrea Vacca

Maha Fluid Power Research Center, School of Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 1500 Kepner Dr. Lafayette IN, USA

DETAILS

Prof. Dr. André Preumont

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, Active Structures Laboratory, Department of Control Engineering and System Analysis, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

DETAILS

Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohl

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Microstructure Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Karlsruhe, Germany

DETAILS

Manfred Kohl is a Professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Department of Smart Materials and Devices at the Institute of Microstructure Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He received his PhD degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He worked as an IBM postdoctoral fellow at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, USA, and subsequently joined KIT. He has published more than 400 papers in refereed Journals, conferences and books. He received several awards, among them: Philip Morris Research Award and Gips-Schüle Award. His research resulted in the recent spin-off company “memetis” that is marketing shape memory microactuators. His current research focuses on multiferroic materials and corresponding microsystems, as well as multimaterial micro- and nanotechnologies. He is the session chair of "Miniaturized and micro-actuators"

Bio
Manfred Kohl is a Professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Department of Smart Materials and Devices at the Institute of Microstructure Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He received his PhD degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He worked as an IBM postdoctoral fellow at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, USA, and subsequently joined KIT. He has published more than 400 papers in refereed Journals, conferences and books. He received several awards, among them: Philip Morris Research Award and Gips-Schüle Award. His research resulted in the recent spin-off company “memetis” that is marketing shape memory microactuators. His current research focuses on multiferroic materials and corresponding microsystems, as well as multimaterial micro- and nanotechnologies. He is the session chair of "Miniaturized and micro-actuators"

Prof. Dr. Jin Zhou

College of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, NUAA, China

DETAILS

Dr. Giorgio Grioli

IIT Central Research Labs Genova (Website)

DETAILS

session chair of "Actuators for robotics and autonomous applications"

Bio
session chair of "Actuators for robotics and autonomous applications"

Dr. Navvab Kashiri

IIT Central Research Labs Genova (Website)

DETAILS

session chair of "Actuators for robotics and autonomous applications"

Bio
session chair of "Actuators for robotics and autonomous applications"

Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino

Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Materials (Website)

DETAILS

Session chair of "Actuator materials". Dr. Kenji Uchino is a well-known pioneer of “Piezoelectric Actuators”. This terminology was created in the 1970s, when he started this field. He has been a university professor for 45 years, company president/vice president for 21 year, and government officer for 7 year, including the US Navy Ambassador to Japan. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers at the Pennsylvania State University

Bio
Session chair of "Actuator materials". Dr. Kenji Uchino is a well-known pioneer of “Piezoelectric Actuators”. This terminology was created in the 1970s, when he started this field. He has been a university professor for 45 years, company president/vice president for 21 year, and government officer for 7 year, including the US Navy Ambassador to Japan. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers at the Pennsylvania State University

Prof. Dr. Weimin Huang

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore City, Singapore

DETAILS

session chair of "Novel design and device concepts"

Bio
session chair of "Novel design and device concepts"

Dr. Damiano Padovani

University of Agder

DETAILS

session chair of "Actuators for hydraulic systems"

Bio
session chair of "Actuators for hydraulic systems"

Dr. Kirill Poletkin

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Institute of Microstructure Technology Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

DETAILS

Session chair of "Miniaturized and micro-actuators" Kirill Poletkin received the diploma (Hons.) of electromechanical engineer majoring in aviation devices and measurement systems at Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (Arzamas branch) in 2001. In 2007, he gained the Ph.D. degree at Moscow Aviation Institute (Moscow State Aviation Technological University), Russia. From 2009 to 2013, he carried out his postdoctoral research at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Then, he was awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers in 2012. In 2016, he joined Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as a scientist. Since 2019, he is leading his own project funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) for 3 years. In 2020, he has been appointed as an assistant professor at Innopolis University, Russia.

Bio
Session chair of "Miniaturized and micro-actuators" Kirill Poletkin received the diploma (Hons.) of electromechanical engineer majoring in aviation devices and measurement systems at Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (Arzamas branch) in 2001. In 2007, he gained the Ph.D. degree at Moscow Aviation Institute (Moscow State Aviation Technological University), Russia. From 2009 to 2013, he carried out his postdoctoral research at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Then, he was awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers in 2012. In 2016, he joined Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as a scientist. Since 2019, he is leading his own project funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) for 3 years. In 2020, he has been appointed as an assistant professor at Innopolis University, Russia.

Dr. Michał Bartyś

Institute of Automatic Control and Robotics, Warsaw University of Technology, plac Politechniki 1, 00-661 Warszawa, Poland

DETAILS

Dr. Heena Rathore

University of Texas, San Antonio, Austin, TX 78712, USA

DETAILS

Dr. Chunhua Wu

School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, China

DETAILS

Dr. Aslan Miriyev

Materials and Technology Center of Robotics, Empa- Swiss Federal Labs for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland; Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK (Website)

DETAILS

Session Chair of "Soft and biohybrid actuators".

Bio
Session Chair of "Soft and biohybrid actuators".

Prof. Dr. Nicola Pio Belfiore

Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, Via Vito Volterra, 62 - 00146 Rome, Italy

DETAILS

Dr. Luca Papini

Department of Energy, System, Territory and Construction, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy

DETAILS

Session Chair of "Actuators for aircrafts and on- and off-road vehicles/machines"

Bio
Session Chair of "Actuators for aircrafts and on- and off-road vehicles/machines"

Prof. Dr. Gianluca Rizzello

Department of Systems Engineering and Department of Material Science and Engineering, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

DETAILS

- Research interests: mechatronic systems modeling & control, smart materials, shape memory alloys, dielectric elastomers, soft actuators, soft robotics

Bio
- Research interests: mechatronic systems modeling & control, smart materials, shape memory alloys, dielectric elastomers, soft actuators, soft robotics

Prof. Dr. Stefan Seelecke

Intelligent Material Systems Lab, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Department of Systems Engineering, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany (www.imsl.uni-saarland.de)

DETAILS

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Clive A. Randall

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

DETAILS

Opportunities for Cold Sintering Materials for Capacitive and Piezoelectric Applications

Clive A. Randall is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He has a B.Sc. (Honors) in Physics from University of East Anglia, UK (1983), and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from University of Essex, UK (1987). He was Director for the Center for Dielectric Studies 1997-2013, and Co-Director of the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics 2013-2015 (now Technical Advisor). Interests include discovery, processing, material physics, and compositional design of functional materials. Among his awards are Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Academician of World Academy of Ceramics, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and honorary Fellow of the European Ceramic Society. Prof. Randall has a Google h-factor of 81 and over 25,000 citations.

Talk
Opportunities for Cold Sintering Materials for Capacitive and Piezoelectric Applications
Bio
Clive A. Randall is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He has a B.Sc. (Honors) in Physics from University of East Anglia, UK (1983), and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from University of Essex, UK (1987). He was Director for the Center for Dielectric Studies 1997-2013, and Co-Director of the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics 2013-2015 (now Technical Advisor). Interests include discovery, processing, material physics, and compositional design of functional materials. Among his awards are Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Academician of World Academy of Ceramics, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and honorary Fellow of the European Ceramic Society. Prof. Randall has a Google h-factor of 81 and over 25,000 citations.

Prof. Dr. Isaku Kanno

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

DETAILS

PZT thin films for Piezo MEMS: deposition, characterization, and application

Dr. Isaku Kanno is currently the Professor of the Mechanical Engineering, Kobe University, Japan. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Engineering in Osaka University, Japan in the year of 1998. During the year of 1991–2002, he worked for Matsushita Electric Ind. Co. Ltd. (Panasonic), Japan as an Engineer. In Panasonic, inkjet printer heads and gyro sensors using piezoelectric thin films were developed and commercialized. After that, he worked as an Associate Professor in Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan from 2002–2011. His research lies in the area of Functional oxide thin film, Piezoelectric MEMS, Sensors and Actuators. He is one of the Associate Editor of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (Elsevier), a Fellow of The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering as well as General chair of Piezoelectric MEMS Forum, Japan. He won the METI Industrial Standardization Award, IEC 1906 Award, The Murata Science Foundation Fellowship Award, Excellent paper Award of The Japan Society of AEM, Microsystem Technologies Best poster award and Excellent Innovation Award of Panasonic Technology Symposium during his research life.

Talk
PZT thin films for Piezo MEMS: deposition, characterization, and application
Bio
Dr. Isaku Kanno is currently the Professor of the Mechanical Engineering, Kobe University, Japan. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Engineering in Osaka University, Japan in the year of 1998. During the year of 1991–2002, he worked for Matsushita Electric Ind. Co. Ltd. (Panasonic), Japan as an Engineer. In Panasonic, inkjet printer heads and gyro sensors using piezoelectric thin films were developed and commercialized. After that, he worked as an Associate Professor in Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan from 2002–2011. His research lies in the area of Functional oxide thin film, Piezoelectric MEMS, Sensors and Actuators. He is one of the Associate Editor of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (Elsevier), a Fellow of The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering as well as General chair of Piezoelectric MEMS Forum, Japan. He won the METI Industrial Standardization Award, IEC 1906 Award, The Murata Science Foundation Fellowship Award, Excellent paper Award of The Japan Society of AEM, Microsystem Technologies Best poster award and Excellent Innovation Award of Panasonic Technology Symposium during his research life.

Prof. Dr. Jungho Ryu

School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Yeungnam University, Gyeongbuk, Korea

DETAILS

Piezoelectric Thick film fabrication by Aerosol Deposition; applications and advances

Dr. Jungho Ryu is the assistant professor of school of materials science and engineering, Yeungnam university, Korea. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from Yeungnam University, Korea in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He awarded his Ph.D degree from school of materials science and engineering at Seoul National University, Korea in 2001 on Magnetoelectric composite materials. During his Ph.D work, he had been working at the International Center for Actuators and Transducers (ICAT) of the Pennsylvania State University on magnetoelectric composites and piezoelectric materials. After being awarded his Ph.D degree, Dr. Ryu became a post doctoral researcher at this center continuing his work on high power piezoelectric materials. Prior to joining Yeungnam Univerity in 2018, he was a senior engineer and project leader at Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd, Korea (2003~2006) and a principal Researcher at Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), Korea (2006-2018). His current research interests include the development and processing of the piezoelectric and ferroelectric devices, energy harvesting, ceramic processing, smart actuators, and functional thin/thick ceramics film fabrication through aerosol deposition method. He has authored over 240 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and >100 patents in the magnetoelectric, piezoelectric materials and devices, and functional ceramic films. Total number of citation on his research articles are close to 9000 times and h index is over 44 (as of July 2020, Google scholar).

Talk
Piezoelectric Thick film fabrication by Aerosol Deposition; applications and advances
Bio
Dr. Jungho Ryu is the assistant professor of school of materials science and engineering, Yeungnam university, Korea. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from Yeungnam University, Korea in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He awarded his Ph.D degree from school of materials science and engineering at Seoul National University, Korea in 2001 on Magnetoelectric composite materials. During his Ph.D work, he had been working at the International Center for Actuators and Transducers (ICAT) of the Pennsylvania State University on magnetoelectric composites and piezoelectric materials. After being awarded his Ph.D degree, Dr. Ryu became a post doctoral researcher at this center continuing his work on high power piezoelectric materials. Prior to joining Yeungnam Univerity in 2018, he was a senior engineer and project leader at Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd, Korea (2003~2006) and a principal Researcher at Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), Korea (2006-2018). His current research interests include the development and processing of the piezoelectric and ferroelectric devices, energy harvesting, ceramic processing, smart actuators, and functional thin/thick ceramics film fabrication through aerosol deposition method. He has authored over 240 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and >100 patents in the magnetoelectric, piezoelectric materials and devices, and functional ceramic films. Total number of citation on his research articles are close to 9000 times and h index is over 44 (as of July 2020, Google scholar).

Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

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High Power Piezoelectrics – Future Trend

Kenji Uchino, one of the pioneers in piezoelectric actuators, is Founding Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers, Materials Research Institute and Professor of EE and MatSE, Distinguished Honors Faculty of Schreyer Honors College at The Penn State University. He was Associate Director (Global Technology Awareness) at The US Office of Naval Research – Global Tokyo Office from 2010 till 2014. He was also the Founder and Senior Vice President & CTO of Micromechatronics Inc., State College, PA from 2004 till 2010. After being awarded his Ph. D. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, he became Research Associate/Assistant Professor (1976) in Physical Electronics Department at this university. Then, he joined Sophia University, Japan as Associate Professor in Physics Department in 1985. He was then recruited from The Penn State University in 1991. He was also involved with Space Shuttle Utilizing Committee in NASDA, Japan during 1986-88, and Vice President of NF Electronic Instruments, USA, during 1992-94. He was the Founding Chair of Smart Actuators/Sensors Committee, Japan Technology Transfer Association sponsored by Ministry of Economics, Trading and Industries, Japan from 1987 to 2014, and is a long-term Chair of International Conference on New Actuators, Messe Bremen, Germany since 1997. He was also the associate editor for Journal of Advanced Performance Materials, J. Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. Uchino served as Administrative Committee Member (Elected) of IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (1998-2000) and as Secretary of American Ceramic Society, Electronics Division (2002-2003). His research interest is in solid state physics, especially in ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, including basic research on theory, materials, device designing and fabrication processes, as well as application development of solid state actuators/sensors for precision positioners, micro-robotics, ultrasonic motors, smart structures, piezoelectric transformers etc.

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High Power Piezoelectrics – Future Trend
Bio
Kenji Uchino, one of the pioneers in piezoelectric actuators, is Founding Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers, Materials Research Institute and Professor of EE and MatSE, Distinguished Honors Faculty of Schreyer Honors College at The Penn State University. He was Associate Director (Global Technology Awareness) at The US Office of Naval Research – Global Tokyo Office from 2010 till 2014. He was also the Founder and Senior Vice President & CTO of Micromechatronics Inc., State College, PA from 2004 till 2010. After being awarded his Ph. D. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, he became Research Associate/Assistant Professor (1976) in Physical Electronics Department at this university. Then, he joined Sophia University, Japan as Associate Professor in Physics Department in 1985. He was then recruited from The Penn State University in 1991. He was also involved with Space Shuttle Utilizing Committee in NASDA, Japan during 1986-88, and Vice President of NF Electronic Instruments, USA, during 1992-94. He was the Founding Chair of Smart Actuators/Sensors Committee, Japan Technology Transfer Association sponsored by Ministry of Economics, Trading and Industries, Japan from 1987 to 2014, and is a long-term Chair of International Conference on New Actuators, Messe Bremen, Germany since 1997. He was also the associate editor for Journal of Advanced Performance Materials, J. Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. Uchino served as Administrative Committee Member (Elected) of IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (1998-2000) and as Secretary of American Ceramic Society, Electronics Division (2002-2003). His research interest is in solid state physics, especially in ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, including basic research on theory, materials, device designing and fabrication processes, as well as application development of solid state actuators/sensors for precision positioners, micro-robotics, ultrasonic motors, smart structures, piezoelectric transformers etc.

Prof. Dr. Torben Ole Andersen

Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

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Small Fluid Power Actuators for Digital Displacement Units, Linear Pump Controlled Drives and Exoskeletons

Torben Ole Andersen has been a Professor in the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, since 2005, being the Head of the section: Fluid Power and Mechatronic Systems. He has a Ph.D. in Control Engineering (1996), and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1992), both from the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1989) from the University of Southern Denmark, SDU. Before entering the university, he has worked with Danfoss, R&D, as a Project Manager and University Coordinator. He is Head of research programs related to the development of hydrostatic transmissions for wind turbines and wave energy converters, and offshore mechatronic systems for autonomous operation and condition monitoring. He has authored or coauthored more than 260 scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include control theory, energy usage and optimization of fluid power components and systems, mechatronic systems, design and control of robotic systems and modelling and simulation of dynamic systems in general.

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Small Fluid Power Actuators for Digital Displacement Units, Linear Pump Controlled Drives and Exoskeletons
Bio
Torben Ole Andersen has been a Professor in the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, since 2005, being the Head of the section: Fluid Power and Mechatronic Systems. He has a Ph.D. in Control Engineering (1996), and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1992), both from the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1989) from the University of Southern Denmark, SDU. Before entering the university, he has worked with Danfoss, R&D, as a Project Manager and University Coordinator. He is Head of research programs related to the development of hydrostatic transmissions for wind turbines and wave energy converters, and offshore mechatronic systems for autonomous operation and condition monitoring. He has authored or coauthored more than 260 scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include control theory, energy usage and optimization of fluid power components and systems, mechatronic systems, design and control of robotic systems and modelling and simulation of dynamic systems in general.

Prof. Dr. Carmel Majidi

Clarence H. Adamson Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA 15213

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Untethered Soft Robots with Shape Memory Actuators

Carmel Majidi is the Clarence H. Adamson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he leads the Soft Machines Lab. His lab is dedicated to the discovery of novel material architectures that allow machines and electronics to be soft, elastically deformable, and biomechanically compatible. Currently, his research is focused on fluid-filled elastomers that exhibit unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can function as “artificial” skin, nervous tissue, and muscle for soft robotics and wearables. Carmel has received grants from industry and federal agencies along with early career awards from DARPA, ONR, AFOSR, and NASA to explore challenges in soft-matter engineering and robotics. Prior to arriving at CMU, Prof. Majidi had postdoctoral appointments at Harvard and Princeton Universities and received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley.

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Untethered Soft Robots with Shape Memory Actuators
Bio
Carmel Majidi is the Clarence H. Adamson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he leads the Soft Machines Lab. His lab is dedicated to the discovery of novel material architectures that allow machines and electronics to be soft, elastically deformable, and biomechanically compatible. Currently, his research is focused on fluid-filled elastomers that exhibit unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can function as “artificial” skin, nervous tissue, and muscle for soft robotics and wearables. Carmel has received grants from industry and federal agencies along with early career awards from DARPA, ONR, AFOSR, and NASA to explore challenges in soft-matter engineering and robotics. Prior to arriving at CMU, Prof. Majidi had postdoctoral appointments at Harvard and Princeton Universities and received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley.

Prof. Dr. Elena Lomonova

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

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New Paradigm in Electromechanics – Decoding the Physical Complexity of High-Precision Positioning Systems

Elena Lomonova (1959) studied Electromechanical and Control Systems at Moscow Aviation Institute (State University if Aerospace Technology), Russia. After graduating (cum laude), she started her industrial carrier at the Research and Development Company “Astrophysics”, Moscow, Russia (1982-1987). Afterwards she moved to the Electromechanical and Control Systems Department at State University of Aerospace Technology (MAI), and was active in research, education and industrial projects (1987-1997). She gained her PhD (cum laude, 1993) on researching of autonomous power and control systemns for vehicles with laser equipment. Since 1998 she worked for the Delft University of Technology before joining Eindhoven University of Technology in 2000. In March 2009 she was appointed as a full-time professor. Her chair focuses on fundamental and applied research on enabling energy conversion theory, methods and technologies for high-precision, automotive and medical systems.

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New Paradigm in Electromechanics – Decoding the Physical Complexity of High-Precision Positioning Systems
Bio
Elena Lomonova (1959) studied Electromechanical and Control Systems at Moscow Aviation Institute (State University if Aerospace Technology), Russia. After graduating (cum laude), she started her industrial carrier at the Research and Development Company “Astrophysics”, Moscow, Russia (1982-1987). Afterwards she moved to the Electromechanical and Control Systems Department at State University of Aerospace Technology (MAI), and was active in research, education and industrial projects (1987-1997). She gained her PhD (cum laude, 1993) on researching of autonomous power and control systemns for vehicles with laser equipment. Since 1998 she worked for the Delft University of Technology before joining Eindhoven University of Technology in 2000. In March 2009 she was appointed as a full-time professor. Her chair focuses on fundamental and applied research on enabling energy conversion theory, methods and technologies for high-precision, automotive and medical systems.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe

University of Freiburg

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Cooperative micro-actuator systems

Jürgen Rühe studied chemistry at the universities of Münster and Mainz. In 1989 he received his Ph.D. from the Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, working with Prof. Dr. G. Wegner at the Max-Planck-Institute of Polymer Research on electrically conducting polymers, specifically conjugated polyheterocycles. After a postdoctoral stay at the IBM research laboratories in San Jose, California, where he studied ultrathin layers for the improvement of tribological properties of materials, he returned to Germany and in 1991 started to work at the University of Bayreuth as a "Liebig"-fellow of the VCI and a fellow of the German Research Council (DFG) in the area of polymers at interfaces. In 1995 he completed his Habilitation at the faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences of the University of Bayreuth and rejoined the MPI of Polymer Research, where he held an associate professor position ("C3-Stelle der Max-Planck-Gesesellschaft") and was in charge of a Max-Planck research group on interface chemistry at the MPI-P. From 1998-2001 he has been appointed visiting associate professor at Stanford University and as associate member of CPIMA (Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies). In October 1999 he accepted a full professor position as the chair for chemistry and physics of interfaces at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. He has been visiting scientist at the Cavendish Laboratories, Cambridge (UK), RIKEN, Tokyo (Japan) and Stanford University (USA). Jürgen Rühe was the Managing Director of the Department of Microsystems Engineering and the founding director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). From 2006 to 2014 he served as Vice Rector for Internationalization and Technology Transfer of the University of Freiburg.

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Cooperative micro-actuator systems
Bio
Jürgen Rühe studied chemistry at the universities of Münster and Mainz. In 1989 he received his Ph.D. from the Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, working with Prof. Dr. G. Wegner at the Max-Planck-Institute of Polymer Research on electrically conducting polymers, specifically conjugated polyheterocycles. After a postdoctoral stay at the IBM research laboratories in San Jose, California, where he studied ultrathin layers for the improvement of tribological properties of materials, he returned to Germany and in 1991 started to work at the University of Bayreuth as a "Liebig"-fellow of the VCI and a fellow of the German Research Council (DFG) in the area of polymers at interfaces. In 1995 he completed his Habilitation at the faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences of the University of Bayreuth and rejoined the MPI of Polymer Research, where he held an associate professor position ("C3-Stelle der Max-Planck-Gesesellschaft") and was in charge of a Max-Planck research group on interface chemistry at the MPI-P. From 1998-2001 he has been appointed visiting associate professor at Stanford University and as associate member of CPIMA (Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies). In October 1999 he accepted a full professor position as the chair for chemistry and physics of interfaces at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. He has been visiting scientist at the Cavendish Laboratories, Cambridge (UK), RIKEN, Tokyo (Japan) and Stanford University (USA). Jürgen Rühe was the Managing Director of the Department of Microsystems Engineering and the founding director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). From 2006 to 2014 he served as Vice Rector for Internationalization and Technology Transfer of the University of Freiburg.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Victor Ruiz

University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

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Linear motors based on Piezoelectric MEMS

Victor Ruiz-Díez is a proficient researcher in the field of microsystem technology, sensors, actuators and their interaction with liquid media . He achieved a doctorate degree in Sciences and Technologies Applied to Industrial Engineering, by the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, with a thesis entitled "Design, characterization and application of MEMS resonators with high performance in liquid media" in 2018. Despite his young academic career, in the last 7 years he has extensively published as author and co-author of over 30 papers in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals. Now, his research interest is focused on miniaturization of locomotion devices with piezoelectric-actuated MEMS for ground and liquid applications.

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Linear motors based on Piezoelectric MEMS
Bio
Victor Ruiz-Díez is a proficient researcher in the field of microsystem technology, sensors, actuators and their interaction with liquid media . He achieved a doctorate degree in Sciences and Technologies Applied to Industrial Engineering, by the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, with a thesis entitled "Design, characterization and application of MEMS resonators with high performance in liquid media" in 2018. Despite his young academic career, in the last 7 years he has extensively published as author and co-author of over 30 papers in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals. Now, his research interest is focused on miniaturization of locomotion devices with piezoelectric-actuated MEMS for ground and liquid applications.

Prof. Dr. Yongling Fu

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation of Beihang University (BUAA), China

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New actuation and transmission solutions for aerospace applications

Dr. Fu Yongling is currently a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation of Beihang University (BUAA), China. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 1993. He became a professor in 1998 and a supervisor of Ph.D & Master students in 2000 in BUAA. His research interests include actuators, hydraulics, mechatronic systems, and control. He got the state govern special fund as an expert in 2001, became the national excellent person with professionalism in 2005. Since 2005, he is the general secretary and vice director of Association for Artificial Intelligence. He is the vice director of the youth group of CSAA since 2007 and became a PC member of ICAS since 2005. He was nominated as the vice director of Council for International Cooperation on CSAA from 2015. He is a member of academic board of the special ground equipment R&D of Civil Aviation of China since 2005. He has published more than 150 papers and authored 20 patents. He has been in charge of NSFC, national R&D projects, international S&T cooperation project, and more than 60 other kinds of developing projects.

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New actuation and transmission solutions for aerospace applications
Bio
Dr. Fu Yongling is currently a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation of Beihang University (BUAA), China. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 1993. He became a professor in 1998 and a supervisor of Ph.D & Master students in 2000 in BUAA. His research interests include actuators, hydraulics, mechatronic systems, and control. He got the state govern special fund as an expert in 2001, became the national excellent person with professionalism in 2005. Since 2005, he is the general secretary and vice director of Association for Artificial Intelligence. He is the vice director of the youth group of CSAA since 2007 and became a PC member of ICAS since 2005. He was nominated as the vice director of Council for International Cooperation on CSAA from 2015. He is a member of academic board of the special ground equipment R&D of Civil Aviation of China since 2005. He has published more than 150 papers and authored 20 patents. He has been in charge of NSFC, national R&D projects, international S&T cooperation project, and more than 60 other kinds of developing projects.

Dr. Zhi Li

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig, the metrology institute of Germany

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MEMS Picoindenter with exchangeable AFM cantilever as an indenter for nanomechanical characterisation of micro- and nanomaterials

Dr. Z. Li received his doctoral degree in optical engineering from Tsinghua University in 2001. Since 2005 he has been working in the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig, the metrology institute of Germany. His current research activities are in the field of tactile surface metrology, including development of MEMS/NEMS actuators and sensors for nanodimensional and nanoelectromechanical characterization of nanomaterials.

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MEMS Picoindenter with exchangeable AFM cantilever as an indenter for nanomechanical characterisation of micro- and nanomaterials
Bio
Dr. Z. Li received his doctoral degree in optical engineering from Tsinghua University in 2001. Since 2005 he has been working in the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig, the metrology institute of Germany. His current research activities are in the field of tactile surface metrology, including development of MEMS/NEMS actuators and sensors for nanodimensional and nanoelectromechanical characterization of nanomaterials.

Dr. Ingrid Graz

School of Education, Department of STEM Education, Physics Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenbergerstrasse 69, 4040 Linz, Austria

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Soft robotic systems inspired by plants

Ingrid Graz is an associate professor at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz in Austria working on stretchable electronics and soft robotics. After receiving a Ph.D. (2006) in physics at JKU researching flexible polymer sensors, Ingrid spent 3 years in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK. There she developed stretchable transistors and sensors. In 2011 she returned to JKU as an assistant professor and completed her habilitation on skin-inspired electronics in 2015. She has authored and co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Soft Structures for Vibration Insulation and Impact Protection.

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Soft robotic systems inspired by plants
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Ingrid Graz is an associate professor at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz in Austria working on stretchable electronics and soft robotics. After receiving a Ph.D. (2006) in physics at JKU researching flexible polymer sensors, Ingrid spent 3 years in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK. There she developed stretchable transistors and sensors. In 2011 she returned to JKU as an assistant professor and completed her habilitation on skin-inspired electronics in 2015. She has authored and co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Soft Structures for Vibration Insulation and Impact Protection.

Dr. Vickie Webster-Wood

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

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Aquatic invertebrate muscle as a farmable bioactuator for biohybrid robots

Vickie Webster-Wood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University with courtesy appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Webster-Wood is the director of the CMU Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group. The long-term research goal of the CMU B.O.R.G. is to develop completely organic, autonomous robots with programmable neural circuits. Such robotic systems will have applications in search and rescue, environmental monitoring, and prosthetics. However, to achieve this goal, robust organic solutions are needed for each of the four fundamental components of robotic systems: structures, actuators, sensors, and controllers. Research in the CMU B.O.R.G. brings together bio-inspired robotics, tissue engineering, and computational neuroscience to study and model neuromuscular control and translate findings to the creation of renewable robotic devices. Dr. Webster-Wood completed her postdoc as a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University in the Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab. She received her Ph.D. from the same institution as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Biologically-Inspired Robotics Lab. Her work has been featured by many media outlets including features in Popular Mechanics, NPR’s Science Friday, and a video segment in FOX’s Nature Knows Best.

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Aquatic invertebrate muscle as a farmable bioactuator for biohybrid robots
Bio
Vickie Webster-Wood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University with courtesy appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Webster-Wood is the director of the CMU Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group. The long-term research goal of the CMU B.O.R.G. is to develop completely organic, autonomous robots with programmable neural circuits. Such robotic systems will have applications in search and rescue, environmental monitoring, and prosthetics. However, to achieve this goal, robust organic solutions are needed for each of the four fundamental components of robotic systems: structures, actuators, sensors, and controllers. Research in the CMU B.O.R.G. brings together bio-inspired robotics, tissue engineering, and computational neuroscience to study and model neuromuscular control and translate findings to the creation of renewable robotic devices. Dr. Webster-Wood completed her postdoc as a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University in the Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab. She received her Ph.D. from the same institution as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Biologically-Inspired Robotics Lab. Her work has been featured by many media outlets including features in Popular Mechanics, NPR’s Science Friday, and a video segment in FOX’s Nature Knows Best.

Dr. Dorina Opris

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Empa, Laboratory for Functional Polymers, Ueberlandstr. 129, CH-8600, Dübendorf, Switzerland

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Dorina M. Opris obtained her B.Sc. in chemistry at Babes-Bolyai University (BBU), Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 1997. She then joined Natex S.A. developing flavors and simulta-neously did her M.Sc. in chemistry at BBU. From 1999 to 2001 she worked with Prof. Grosu at BBU towards a PhD and then joined the group of Prof. Schlüter at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where she finished her PhD in 2005. In 2006 she joined Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland, as PostDoc and later as scientist. Since 2014 she has been the leader of Functional Dielectric Elastomers group, Laboratory of Functional Polymers at Empa.

Bio
Dorina M. Opris obtained her B.Sc. in chemistry at Babes-Bolyai University (BBU), Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 1997. She then joined Natex S.A. developing flavors and simulta-neously did her M.Sc. in chemistry at BBU. From 1999 to 2001 she worked with Prof. Grosu at BBU towards a PhD and then joined the group of Prof. Schlüter at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where she finished her PhD in 2005. In 2006 she joined Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland, as PostDoc and later as scientist. Since 2014 she has been the leader of Functional Dielectric Elastomers group, Laboratory of Functional Polymers at Empa.

Dr. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA

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From Particles to Parts—Building Artificial Life from Multifunctional Materials

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio is the John J. Lee Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. Focusing on the intersection of materials, manufacturing, and robotics, her group is deriving new multifunctional materials that will allow next-generation robots to adapt their morphology and behavior to changing tasks and environments. A recipient of early career awards from NSF, NASA, AFOSR, and ONR, she was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for her approach to manufacturing liquid metals through printable dispersions and scalable sintering methods, and she received the PECASE award for her development of robotic skins that turn inanimate objects into multifunctional robots. She serves as an Associate Editor of Soft Robotics, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Multifunctional Materials, and Transactions on Robotics, and is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. She also serves on the Technology, Innovation & Engineering Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.

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From Particles to Parts—Building Artificial Life from Multifunctional Materials
Bio
Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio is the John J. Lee Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. Focusing on the intersection of materials, manufacturing, and robotics, her group is deriving new multifunctional materials that will allow next-generation robots to adapt their morphology and behavior to changing tasks and environments. A recipient of early career awards from NSF, NASA, AFOSR, and ONR, she was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for her approach to manufacturing liquid metals through printable dispersions and scalable sintering methods, and she received the PECASE award for her development of robotic skins that turn inanimate objects into multifunctional robots. She serves as an Associate Editor of Soft Robotics, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Multifunctional Materials, and Transactions on Robotics, and is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. She also serves on the Technology, Innovation & Engineering Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.

Dr. Stephan Rudykh

Mechanics of Soft Materials Lab., Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA

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Tailored design of soft materials through microstructures and buckling

Stephan Rudykh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was an Assistant Professor at the Technion, which he joined after his postdoctoral training in Mary Boyce Lab at MIT. Stephan Rudykh gained his Ph.D. from the Ben-Gurion University; he was a visiting graduate student at Caltech and Harvard University. Stephan received his MS and BS from Saint-Petersburg Polytechnical University. Rudykh’s research focuses on the mechanics and physics of soft microstructured materials, including soft active materials, bioinspired materials, switchable functional composites, and biological tissues. He uses a combination of analytical and computational approaches, as well as 3D printing and experiments to understand the nonlinear behavior of these materials.

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Tailored design of soft materials through microstructures and buckling
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Stephan Rudykh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was an Assistant Professor at the Technion, which he joined after his postdoctoral training in Mary Boyce Lab at MIT. Stephan Rudykh gained his Ph.D. from the Ben-Gurion University; he was a visiting graduate student at Caltech and Harvard University. Stephan received his MS and BS from Saint-Petersburg Polytechnical University. Rudykh’s research focuses on the mechanics and physics of soft microstructured materials, including soft active materials, bioinspired materials, switchable functional composites, and biological tissues. He uses a combination of analytical and computational approaches, as well as 3D printing and experiments to understand the nonlinear behavior of these materials.

Dr. Christof Megnin

Laboratory for Material Process Technology at the Department of Microsystem Engineering (Freiburg, Germany)

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Cooperative micro-actuator systems

Christof Megnin received his diploma and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the KIT (Karlsruhe, Germany) in 2008 and 2013, respectively. During his PhD he worked at the Institute of Microstructure Technology on the development of microfluidic control systems. 2013 he started to work as post-doctoral and group leader at the Laboratory for Material Process Technology at the Department of Microsystem Engineering (Freiburg, Germany) in development and fabrication of functional polymer and ceramic based component/devices. In 2017 he founded memetis GmbH which develops SMA based microactuators.

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Cooperative micro-actuator systems
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Christof Megnin received his diploma and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the KIT (Karlsruhe, Germany) in 2008 and 2013, respectively. During his PhD he worked at the Institute of Microstructure Technology on the development of microfluidic control systems. 2013 he started to work as post-doctoral and group leader at the Laboratory for Material Process Technology at the Department of Microsystem Engineering (Freiburg, Germany) in development and fabrication of functional polymer and ceramic based component/devices. In 2017 he founded memetis GmbH which develops SMA based microactuators.

Dr. Marcel Schuck

ETH Zurich

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Contactless Gripping – Paving the Way Towards Flexible Micromanipulation

Marcel Schuck received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany in 2011 and the M.Sc. degree in the same field from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. He received an MBA degree from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France in 2014 and a Ph.D. degree with distinction from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2017, where he is currently a Pioneer Fellow in collaboration with the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory. His research interests include ultra-high speed bearingless machines, acoustic levitation, and mechatronic systems. He is also the CEO & co-founder of No-Touch Robotics, a company commercializing contactless robotic gripping my means of acoustic forces.

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Contactless Gripping – Paving the Way Towards Flexible Micromanipulation
Bio
Marcel Schuck received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany in 2011 and the M.Sc. degree in the same field from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. He received an MBA degree from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France in 2014 and a Ph.D. degree with distinction from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2017, where he is currently a Pioneer Fellow in collaboration with the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory. His research interests include ultra-high speed bearingless machines, acoustic levitation, and mechatronic systems. He is also the CEO & co-founder of No-Touch Robotics, a company commercializing contactless robotic gripping my means of acoustic forces.

Dr. Paul Motzki

Saarland University - Mechatronics

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Efficient SMA Actuation - Design & Control Concepts

2018 - Head of Division "Sensors and Actuators" at ZeMA 2018 - PhD at Saarland University (intelligent Material Systems Lab - iMSL, Prof. Seelecke) 2016 - Group Leader "Shape Memory Alloys" at ZeMA 2013 - M.Sc. Saarland University - Mechatronics

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Efficient SMA Actuation - Design & Control Concepts
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2018 - Head of Division "Sensors and Actuators" at ZeMA 2018 - PhD at Saarland University (intelligent Material Systems Lab - iMSL, Prof. Seelecke) 2016 - Group Leader "Shape Memory Alloys" at ZeMA 2013 - M.Sc. Saarland University - Mechatronics

Prof. Dr. Igor Gaponov

Institute of Robotic Systems and Computer Vision, Innopolis University, Russia

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Twisted String Actuators in Robotics: Design, Control, and Applications

Prof. Dr. Igor Gaponov received his bachelor's degree in Automation and Control from Southwestern State University (Russia) in 2006 and his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University of Technology and Education (KoreaTech) in 2008. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from KoreaTech in 2011 and a Ph.D. degree in Robotics, Mechatronics and Robotics Systems from MSTU “STANKIN” after completing a dual degree program in 2012. He has been working as Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KoreaTech between 2011 and 2019. Since 2019, Igor Gaponov has been serving as professor at the Institute of Robotic Systems and Computer Vision, Innopolis University, Russia. Igor’s main research interests include nonlinear control theory, novel actuators and mechanism design, and assistive robotic systems.

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Twisted String Actuators in Robotics: Design, Control, and Applications
Bio
Prof. Dr. Igor Gaponov received his bachelor's degree in Automation and Control from Southwestern State University (Russia) in 2006 and his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University of Technology and Education (KoreaTech) in 2008. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from KoreaTech in 2011 and a Ph.D. degree in Robotics, Mechatronics and Robotics Systems from MSTU “STANKIN” after completing a dual degree program in 2012. He has been working as Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KoreaTech between 2011 and 2019. Since 2019, Igor Gaponov has been serving as professor at the Institute of Robotic Systems and Computer Vision, Innopolis University, Russia. Igor’s main research interests include nonlinear control theory, novel actuators and mechanism design, and assistive robotic systems.

Prof. Dr. Huachun WU

School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering of Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT), Wuhan, China

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Online unbalanced vibration suppression of a flexible rotor supported by active magnetic bearing

Dr. Huachun WU is currently a professor in the School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering of Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT), China. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in Wuhan University of Technology, China in 2005. He became a professor in 2014 and a supervisor of Ph.D students in 2015 and Master students in 2009 in WHUT. His research interests include actuators, magnetic bearing, rotordynamics, and control. He is the vice dean of School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, director of the Hubei Provincial Engineering Technology Research Center for Magnetic Suspension since 2017. He has published more than 60 papers and authored 15 patents. He has been in charge of NSFC, national R&D projects, and more than 20 other kinds of developing projects.

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Online unbalanced vibration suppression of a flexible rotor supported by active magnetic bearing
Bio
Dr. Huachun WU is currently a professor in the School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering of Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT), China. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in Wuhan University of Technology, China in 2005. He became a professor in 2014 and a supervisor of Ph.D students in 2015 and Master students in 2009 in WHUT. His research interests include actuators, magnetic bearing, rotordynamics, and control. He is the vice dean of School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, director of the Hubei Provincial Engineering Technology Research Center for Magnetic Suspension since 2017. He has published more than 60 papers and authored 15 patents. He has been in charge of NSFC, national R&D projects, and more than 20 other kinds of developing projects.

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  1. Scholars interested in participating in the conference can submit their abstract (about 200–300 words) on this website until 1st September 2020 15 September 2020 (Abstract deadline).
  2. The Conference Committee will notify applicants of the acceptance of their abstract by 15th September 2020 30 September 2020 (Notification Deadline).
  3. In case of acceptance, authors will be asked to submit their manuscript, along with a narrated presentation recorded with a voice-over at the same time (only PDF). Optionally, the presenting author can record the talk (within 20 minutes) so the viewer sees both the slides and the speaker delivering the presentation. For both manuscript and presentation, the submission deadline is 16th November 2020 19th November 2020 (full deadline).
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  5. All accepted extended abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in MDPI Proceedings series journals (ISSN: 2504-3900).
  6. The open access journal Actuators will publish a Special Issue based on the conference proceedings papers (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/actuators/special_issues/IeCAT).
  7. After the conference, the Conference Committee will recommend manuscripts that may be included for publication in this Special Issue. The editorial office requires at least a 40% extension if you intend to publish your conference paper in this Special Issue.
Proceedings Paper

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First pages:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and author e-mail addresses
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

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Accepted File Formats

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1st International Electronic Conference on Actuator Technology: Materials, Devices and Applications (IeCAT) Microsoft Word template file and LaTex template file

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LaTeX template

Manuscript Preparation

Paper Format: A4 paper format, where the printing area is 17.5 cm × 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).

  • Formatting/Style: Papers should be prepared following the style of Actuators. Full titles and cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example, [1,2], [3] or [1–3], and all the references should be listed separately as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
  • Author List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle names can be added. For papers that are written by various contributors, a corresponding author must be designated. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
  • Figures, Schemes, and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figures and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and an explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes, and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, figure, or scheme.

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Potential Conflicts of Interest

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