Track 08

Mechanics for manufacturing and robotics

Advances in manufacturing and robotics have brought forth enormous challenges and opportunities for researchers in the field of mechanics. The evolution of disruptive technologies such as additive manufacturing (3D printing) and soft robotics presents unprecedented design and manufacturing possibilities for new materials, structures and devices, and also gives rise to various mechanics related issues associated with their processing and operations. An in-depth understanding of these issues is of critical importance to the performance and reliability of new products and systems. The development of mechanics-driven approaches for process optimization, defect control, health monitoring and lifetime prediction can be beneficial for improving the productivity, adaptability and sustainability of manufacturing technologies and robotics. In light of these concepts, we welcome submissions by researchers from a wide range of interdisciplinary fields (including mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, biological science, and systems science) which highlight the role of mechanics in manufacturing technologies and robotics.

This track will cover a comprehensive list of topics related to mechanics in manufacturing technologies and robotics. They include but are not limited to:

  • Fracture mechanics in crack control in manufacturing;
  • Mechanics for the manufacturing of soft structures and devices;
  • Mechanics of controlled buckling for manufacturing cellular structures;
  • Wrinkling and folding in manufacturing of elastomers;
  • Mechanics in manufacturing micro/nanostructures and molecular structures;
  • Mechanics for manufacturing in liquid environment;
  • Mechanics in 3D/4D printing of multifunctional materials and structures;
  • Metamaterials for robotic systems;
  • Small-scale robot mechanics;
  • Soft grippers-based manipulation mechanics;
  • Artificial intelligence in design, control and operation of robots;
  • Mechanics in high-performance soft actuators, sensors and robots;
  • Mechanics in wearable and implantable soft robotic devices;
  • Mechanics of bioinspired and biomimetic soft robots.

~ Speakers’ list forthcoming ~

Track Chairs

Kun Zhou
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Metin Sitti
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany

Hongtao Wang
Zhejiang University, China


Kun Zhou
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore