ICRA 2023 Tutorial:Towards an accessible soft robotics toolbox and validation test rig

Call for contributions deadline: 30 March 2023
Send your A1 poster contribution to Dr Sara Abad
Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2023
Early bird registration deadline: 1 April 2023
Tutorial date: 2 June 2023



  • Hands-on tutorial session and best poster prizes.
  • Soft robotics debate led by Prof. Laura Blumenschein and podcast series on soft robotic software packages released during ICRA 2023 led by Ms Marwa El Diwiny.
  • The results of this tutorial session will be a roadmap towards an accessible soft robotic toolbox AND a repository collecting currently developed software packages.
  • All speakers will be in person, streaming link will be made available.

Confirmed speakers

Prof. Christian Duriez
Research Director, INRIA, Université de Lille, France

Prof. Fumiya Iida
Professor of Robotics, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Perla Maiolino
Associate Professor, University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Luc Marechal
Associate Professor, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Annecy, France

Prof. Jamie Paik
Associate Professor, EPFL, Switzerland

Prof. Federico Renda
Associate Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr S.M. Hadi Sadati
CME Research Fellow, King’s College London, UK, confirmed

Mr Jialei Shi
PhD student in Soft Robotics, University College London, UK

Dr You Wu
MathWorks Industry Manager, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

There is an increasing number of analytical and numerical modelling approaches and frameworks for soft robotic manipulators emerging. Some of these modelling techniques offer design optimisation with regards to application-driven requirements, a thorough kinematic, stiffness, force analysis of the system, or an evaluation of a control strategy, to name a few. These mathematical tools in combination with experimental evaluation test rigs can be extremely powerful tools to gain detailed understanding of a soft robotic system.

This full-day event will provide a platform to researchers, who have created soft robotic toolboxes and experimental test rigs, (i) to give hands-on tutorial sessions, (ii) to explore requirements for a joint, soft robotic toolbox together with the soft robotic community, (iii) explore synergies of current toolboxes, and (iv) through a plenary discussion, identify what hurdles remain to advance this project of developing a joint toolbox resulting in a roadmap. The tutorial aims to bring together experts active in the field of creating modelling approaches for soft robotic systems, early-career researchers who have developed a keen interest in soft robotics and software industry. Early-career researchers will be given the opportunity to present a poster.

Tentative Schedule

Tentative schedule


Dr Sara Adela Abad Guaman (corresponding organiser)
Assistant Professor in Adaptable Robotics, UCL, UK
Email: s.abad-guaman@ucl.ac.uk

Prof. Laura Blumenschein 
Assistant Professor, Purdue University, USA
Email: lhblumen@purdue.edu

Mr Jialei Shi
PhD student, UCL, UK
Email: jialei.shi.19@ucl.ac.uk

Mr Jan Peters
PhD student, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Email: peters@match.uni-hannover.de

Prof. Annika Raatz
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Email: raatz@match.uni-hannover.de

Prof. Helge Wurdemann,
Professor of Robotics, UCL, UK 
Email: h.wurdemann@ucl.ac.uk