ARQ - Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary

RoboSoft 2019 Workshop: Eversion and Growing Soft Robots

Seoul, South Korea


Kaspar AlthoeferQueen Mary University of London

Jelizaveta KonstantinovaQueen Mary University of London

Barbara Mazzolai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Helge WurdemannUniversity College London

Date, Time

Half-day afternoon workshop session will be held on Sunday, 14th of April 2019. RoboSoft 2019 is held in Seoul, South Korea. 

Call for Poster and Hardware Demonstrations

We invite submissions of one-page abstracts in IEEE format on the topic of Eversion and Growing Soft Robots for poster presentation and hardware demonstration session. Submit your abstracts via email.

Submission deadline: 1st of April, 2019


This workshop provides an opportunity to discuss, and share ideas related to the development and application of eversion and growing soft robots. Recent years have seen a surge in interest in creating soft robots, offering a high level of dexterity and being inherently compliant. A range of animals, such as the octopus, as well as plants that physically adapt to their environments have inspired researchers when creating soft robots. These robots are broadly superior to their traditional rigid-body counterparts and are ideal candidates to operate in constraining environments that require adaptation of their shapes to their surroundings.

Growing and eversion robots are a blend of soft robots that extend their length significantly to reach into difficult to access spaces. Living organisms such as growing plants often inspire these kinds of robots. Research and industrial communities acknowledge that these features of eversion and growing robots have immense potential and are critical for applications in extreme environments.

This workshop aims to engage the soft robotic community into challenges associated with the creation of soft growing manipulators. The workshop discussion will focus on the following core areas related to eversion and growing robots: (1) challenges in fabrication and manufacturing, (2) actuation and control, and (3) application areas.


14:00 – 14:10     Opening and Introduction: Kaspar Althoefer and Jelizaveta Konstantinova

14:10 – 14:35     "Vine-Inspired Extensible Continuum Robots", Ian D. Walker, Klemson Univesrity, US

14:35 - 15:00     "Minimal and Scalable Design of Multi-locomotion Origami Millirobots",  Zhakypov Zhenishbek, EPFL,          Switzerland

15:00 - 15:25      "GrowBots: towards a new generation of plant-inspired growing robots", Barbara Mazzolai, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

14:25– 16:00      Poster presentations and live hardware demonstrations.   

16:00 – 16:30     Coffee break

16:30 – 16:55    "Eversion and Growing Soft Robots: an Emerging Technology", Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London, UK

16:55 – 17:20    "Expanding growing robot capabilities for real world applications", Laura Blumenschein, Stanford University, US

17:20 – 17:45      "No Strings Attached: Untethered, Soft, Shape-Morphing Pneumatic Truss Robots" Nathan UsevitchStanford University, US

17:45 – 18:00     Round table discussion on challenges and opportunities for eversion and growing soft robots.

18:00                  Workshop ends