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Workshop ICRA 2023 – May 29, 2023

Origami-based structures for designing soft robots with new capabilities: Full-day workshop


Origami has undergone several revolutions: the development of a novel visual language in the art of paper folding in the 20th century, that of a mathematical language for modeling 3-D folding and recently, that of self-folding mechanical structures. The design of origami-based structures has indeed entered a new era when micro-actuators such as electro-active polymers (EAP), and shape-memory alloys (SMA) or polymers (SMP) were introduced to make structures self-deployable or to enable them to change their shapes dynamically, for example by combining elastic bands and tendon. In a recent focus published in Science Robotics, Rus and Sung predict that origami robots will be autonomous machines with increased customizability and adaptability. The versatility and diversity of folding structures can lead to the development of cutting-edge innovations by combining them with micro-actuators.


The objectives of this workshop are twofold. First, it will bring several communities from for example the fields of micro-nano robotics, mechanism design, and also soft robotics around the design of origami-based robots at various scales. Studies on soft actuators and sensors including stretchable electronics will be considered of great interest for designing origami-based robots.

Topics of interest

  • Origami for robotics
    • Material
    • Process of fabrication: 3D printing, laser cutting…
    • Embedded actuators for origami structures
    • 2D and 3D origami
  • Design and modeling of origami
  • Kineto-static modeling and stability
  • Actuated origami-based structure
  • Soft actuators and sensors
  • Stretchable electronics
  • Meta-materials
  • Foldable robots
  • Multimodal robotics

List of speakers

  • Kyu-Jin Cho (SNU, South Korea)
  • Biruta Kresling (UTC, France) & Pooya Sareh (Liverpool, UK)  
  • Benjamin Gorissen (KUL, Belgium)
  • Dae-Young Lee (KAIST, South Korea)
  • Renee Zhao (Stanford Univ., USA)
  • Hongliang Ren (Chinese University of Hong Kong & National University of Singapore)


Workshop pictures: here

Schedule and list of posters: here

Abstracts & Short Bio: here

Stéphane Viollet, Institute of Movement Sciences, CNRS/Aix-Marseille University, France (Main Organizer
Jamie Paik, Reconfigurable Robotics Lab, EPFL, Switzerland
Kanty Rabenorosoa, Femto-ST institute, CNRS/UBFC, France
Cynthia Sung, GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Pierre Renaud, ICube Lab, INSA Strasbourg, France
Mirko Kovac, Aerial Robotics Lab, Imperial College of London, UK