Soft Robotics for Sustainable Future

We are in Singapore and spring is already spreading through the town with its colours and flowers. This is the gorgeous scenario where the 6th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2023) took place from April 3 to April 7. The main theme of the event focused on “Soft Robotics for Sustainable Development” in order to align with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

The conference aimed at creating the conditions for sharing, ideating and building new creative solutions for a sustainable world, relying on soft robotics research and onto the development of soft robots to deploy within the various industry sectors. These are the first steps to walk the path to a more sustainable future for the next generations.

MAPWORMS at the event on soft robotics

Another round, another chance to be known: this is the mantra that kept MAPWORMS occupied during the last events and also in Singapore. To reach the scientific and industrial community in Japan was another important goal for our project in the perspective of being recognised worldwide, as it regards robotics-related conferences. 

During RoboSoft 2023, we had a poster standing in the middle of the international conference and one of our PhD students from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Jacopo Quaglierini, speaking with people interested in MAPWORMS. Dr. Quaglierini could explain the complexity and the ambitiousness of our project’s objectives and answer the questions that came from the public. RoboSoft 2023 also represented a good opportunity to get people interested in the science behind its aims.

To be part of the 6th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Soft Robotics and to be part of the discussion on the sustainable development coming ahead was an honour and an appointment we couldn’t miss out. This is what happens when you put yourself in the first line: you don’t miss a chance, you create it for yourself. And this is what MAPWORMS will continue to do in the months ahead.



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