Robosoft2019 Workshop on “Toward the nature of information processing in soft machines”


Robosoft2019 Workshop on “Toward the nature of information processing in soft machines: bridging flexible electronics and morphological computation.”


  • Kohei Nakajima (The University of Tokyo,,
  • Fumiya Iida (University of Cambridge
  • Koichi Suzumori (Tokyo Institute of Technology


Animals adapt to their changing environments with their soft bodies.Their ability to exploit their flexible bodies and their outsourcing of the functionality of the control to their deformable morphologies are referred to as “morphological computation.”Conventional robotic systems are mechanically static, and they are unable to change their bodies to levels that are satisfactory for flexibility to achieve the adaptability and intelligence that is comparable to animals. In response to this situation, soft technologies are currently being studied simultaneously in different fields and many notable attempts have been reported worldwide. For example, various flexible sensors that do not damage the natural dynamics of the soft body have been reported. In addition, the body morphology can be designed using a novel three-dimensional printing technique, which works with soft materials.By integrating these soft technologies with morphological computation, we expect that the science of soft robots will further prove its potential to generate novel application domains.This workshop will focus on the recent advancement in material sciences, flexible electronics, and morphological computation, and provides an opportunity for active discussion about the state of the art technologies to take place, as well as for the sharing of common views about future challenges.

List of speakers

  • Koichi Suzumori (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Fumiya Iida (University of Cambridge)
  • Kenjiro Fukuda (RIKEN)
  • Kuniharu Takei(Osaka Prefecture University)
  • Hyunsoo Yang (National University of Singapore)
  • Keyan Ghazi-Zahedi(Max Planck Institute)
  • Ryuma Niiyama (University of Tokyo)
  • Thrish Nanayakkara(Imperial College London)
  • Francesco Giorgio-Serchi(University of Edinburgh)

(all confirmed)

Schedule (tentative)

Time Speaker(s) and Discussion Session
9:00 –9:30 Koichi Suzumori–Opening and introduction
9:30 –10:00 Plenary talk1
10:00 –10:30 Plenary talk2
10:30 –11:00 Plenary talk3
11:00 –11:30 Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:30 –12:00 Panel discussion I –Challenges and perspectives
12:00 –14:00 Lunch Break and Poster session
14:00 –14:30 Plenary talk414:30 –15:00 Plenary talk5
15:00 –15:30 Coffee Break and Poster Session
15:30 –16:00 Plenary talk6
16:00 –16:30 Plenary talk7
16:30 –17:00 Panel discussion II –Collaborations and next steps
17:00 –17:30 Fumiya Iida–Closingand future perspectives
17:30 –Open Discussion for future collaborations and open-ended social event