Soft Material Robot Challenge

Organised by: Prof. Tiefeng Li (Zhejiang University)


Venue: TBC

The Soft Material Robot Challenge invites participants from across the world to demonstrate their robots actuated using soft materials. This challenge provides an international platform to showcase soft robotics research and aims to promote research in the  eld of soft robotics and applicability to on‐field competence. The challenge includes two categories, namely the soft component technologies challenge, and the soft robots speed competition.

  1. Soft robots speed challenge: This section of the challenge aims to pick the fastest robot on land completely driven by soft actuators. The teams are required to abide by the following regulations in designing their robots:

a) The robotic body should be made of soft materials. Robots which are completely driven by soft actuators are highly encouraged.

b) The dimensions of the robot cannot be larger than 1m x 1m x 1m.

c) Teams are free to use onboard or offboard power supply (bonus points for untethered robots ‐robots with on‐board power). Only inlet to 240VAC power socket shall be provided. If a team chooses to use offboard power sources, all the wires/conduits connecting to the robot should be slack at all times during the run.

2. Soft component technologies challenge: Showcase newly developed soft robot technologies at Soft Component Technologies Challenge. Develop, demonstrate and document a new actuator, sensor or other component technology that advances the  eld of soft robotics. The entries will be judged for significance, originality, functionality and quality of documentation. The shortlisted entries will be required to demonstrate their prototype at the competition venue in ICRA 2018.