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Special Issue "Design and Control of Self-Sensing Actuators for Soft Robotics"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensors and Robotics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Jonathan Rossiter
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Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TL, United Kingdom
Interests: soft robotics; bio-mimetics; smart materials; artificial muscles; artificial intelligence; tactile sensing; tactile stimulation
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Prof. Shinichi Hirai
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Department of Robotics, Ritsumeikan University, Noji-higashi 1-1-1, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan
Interests: soft robotics; soft sensors; tactile sensing
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Dr. Majid Taghavi
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Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TL, UK
Interests: multi-functional transducers; soft robotics; micro robotics; smart materials
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Dr. Hareesh Godaba
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School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
Interests: soft robotics; soft proprioception; electroactive technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soft robotics, with an intrinsic softness of body, allows for the design of multifunctional robotic components that enable adaptable and flexible behavior in varying and unpredictable environments. Traditional discrete component assembly approaches contrast with those of soft robotics, where soft monolithic systems commonly exploit imprecise and graded borders between functional modules. This approach not only tackles the associated fabrication challenges, such as the integration of dissimilar materials, but also paves the way to embed distributed computation to meet challenging control of multi-DOF soft materials while tracking their precise shape and position changes. Self-sensing actuators, as a new generation of multifunctional components, offer a flexible approach to the development of integrated actuators and sensors. Self-sensing actuators refer to a class of actuators in which the sensing functionalities is incorporated through i) embedding additional sensing components including smart materials and structures to extract proprioceptive and exteroceptive information, or ii) employing actuators with intrinsic sensing capabilities detected through signal modulation and further analysis at the control unit to identify the actuation movement. The objective of this joint Special Issue between the two journals Sensors and Actuators is to promote a deeper understanding of various approaches for the integration of sensors and actuators in soft robotics. We aim to shed light on the state-of-the-art solutions not only in materials and fabrications, but also in signal analysis and control of the soft sensory actuators.

Topics of interests include the following:

  • Artificial muscles with embedded proprioceptive sensors and electronics
  • Artificial muscles with embedded bio/chemo/mechano/electro/photo sensors for environmental perception
  • Driving/measurement electronics and signal analysis for self-sensing actuators
  • Novel multi-material fabrications including 3D printing of sensorized actuators
  • Modeling and simulation of proprioceptive/exteroceptive artificial muscles
  • Model-based closed-loop control of self-sensing actuators
  • Learning control of self-sensing actuators

Prof. Jonathan Rossiter
Prof. Shinichi Hirai
Dr. Majid Taghavi
Dr. Hareesh Godaba
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • soft robotics
  • self-sensing actuator
  • integrated transducer
  • sensory actuator
  • proprioceptive artificial muscle
  • multifunctional transducer
  • signal processing
  • closed-loop control
  • model-free control

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Fabrication and Assembly of Anisotropic Magnetic Microparticles with Variable Magnetic Easy-Axis Orientation

Authorship: Christoph Pauer and Joe Tavacoli

Affiliation: Faculty of Physics and Center for NanoScience, Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität, Geschwister‐Scholl‐Platz 1, München, 80539 Germany

Abstract: It has been previously demonstrated that the bespoke arrangements and design of micron-sized superparamagnetic shapes provide levers to modulate their assembly under homogeneous magnetic fields. Indeed, following this procedure a host of functional micro actuators have been engineered. In this communication we add a further lever; orientation of the easy axis, that is, the axis of the magnetic shap that aligns to the direction of the imposed magnetic field. This orientation is imposed by applying an external magnetic field during the shape fabrication process, an orientation which is thereafter locked in place. In doing so, the easy axis of the shape is decoupled from its geometry, allowing the field-induced assembly of complex and non-intuitive microstructures and actuators.

 

 

 

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