July 17th to 21st, 2017
on Fraueninsel / Lake Chiemsee / Bayern, Germany

 IEEE RAS - Summer School on Soft Manipulation   

This summer school will introduce attendees to the foundations, benefits and challenges of Soft Manipulation (SoMa). It will be hosted on a picturesque island in Bavaria’s largest lake, which provides a common living facility and a relaxed setting for developing different activities with the aim of maximizing conversations and interaction among the participants.
The Summer School on Soft Manipulation is a Technical Education Program (TEP) sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and directly related to the project SoMa - Soft Manipulation, funded by the European Commission. Soft Manipulation is the key to developing simple, compliant, yet strong, robust, and easy-to-program manipulation systems. The Summer School on Soft Manipulation is designed to educate and foster collaboration among a new generation of researchers in an interdisciplinary fashion. It will combine plenary talks from leading academic and industrial experts of related fields—i.e. neuroscience, hand-biomechanics, and robotics—with hands-on sessions. The attendees will learn about the latest findings related to hand design, control, manipulation planning, and machine learning for grasping. This knowledge will be applied and enlarged in the multidisciplinary hands-on session in which participants will get to design, build, and/or control their own soft robotic hand.

Confirmed Speakers
 • Antonio Bicchi 
• Oliver Brock 
• Francisco Valero-Cuevas 
• Domenico Prattichizzo
• Fumiya Iida,
• Justus Piater
• Markus Grebenstein
• Patrick van der Smagt
• Hansjörg Scherberger
• Marianne Maertens
• Graham Deacon
• Matteo Bianchi
• Moritz Bächer
• Alberto Rodriguez           
• Máximo A. Roa           
Application process
The Summer School is designed for researchers, PhD students, and fresh postdocs interested in robotic design, control, simulation, manipulation and neuroscience.
Registration is available via http://soma-summerschool.besl-eventservice.de/

Participants are encouraged to apply for giving one of 3 selected talks by sending us the title and extended abstract (1 page) of the proposed talk using the login provided at registration.
Every attendee will also have the opportunity to present his/her latest research on Soft Manipulation related topics in a poster session on Monday afternoon --- use this possibility to discuss your current work and latest findings with well-known experts from robotics, neuroscience and biomechanics!

The Summer School will take part in a Benedictine abbey on the Fraueninsel island on lake Chiemsee, Germany (https://www.frauenwoerth.de/english/). This island rises up to 8 meters above sea level, and has a total surface area of 12 hectares. A walk around the island lasts about 40 min. All participants will be housed in the rooms available from the abbey, which allows for a close interaction of all participants, i.e. students as well as speakers. The summer school will be held in July, a season when weather will allow outdoor activities such as swimming, soccer, and having a beer in the beer garden.

The registration fee covers costs for accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks) and workshop materials for the full duration of the summer school. Different rates are available depending on room and arrival preference, starting from 672€. IEEE RAS members will receive a discount of 100€. The Summer School will take place from Monday July 17 to Friday July 21, 2017; early arrival is possible on Sunday July 16.

Important Dates
* January 20, 2017: registration opens
* May 31, 2017, 2017: deadline for poster and student talk application
* June 16, 2017: deadline for registration
* June 30, 2017: notification of poster / talk acceptance

Organizing Committee: Hannes Höppner, Jörn Vogel, Máximo A. Roa
General Chairs: Oliver Brock – TUB, Antonio Bicchi – U. Pisa, Domenico Pratichizzo – IIT, Markus Grebenstein – DLR, Bernd Bickel – IST, Graham Deacon – Ocado, Moritz Bächer – Disney Research
For detailed information please visit our website http://rmc.dlr.de/soma-summerschool
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