Programme Overview

The 1st International Winter School will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of smart (self healing, sensing, actuating) materials, biology and design, actuation, sensing and control/AI in soft robotics
  • Integration smart materials in soft robotics
  • Applications of smart materials and soft and growing robotics
  • Relevant societal and economic impact and personal development (transferable skills) as presentation skills, science communication, ethics, exploitation)

In addition, we aim to organise out-of-the-box ateliers teaching creative skills that are normally not covered during conferences. 

Proposed Programme

Location: Cambridge, UK

Venues: Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (CUED) & Jesus College

ARRIVAL, Sun 12 December:

14:00 Start of registration and check-in at the College. 

19:00 Evening “Get-together” Event with food and drinks.

Day 1, Mon 13 December:Fundamentals of materials, biology and RoboticS

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast at College

Morning Session 

08:30 – 09:00 SMART Winter School Registration open [CUED Foyer]

09:00 – 09:30 Winter School Welcome and Introduction [LT1]

09:30 – 10:30 Presentation 1 (TBC)

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments break [LT 1 Foyer]

11:00 – 12:00 Presentation 2 (TBC)

12:00 – 13:00 Presentation 3 (TBC)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch  [CUED Canteen]

Afternoon Session

14:30 – 17:00 Workshop 1/ Workshop 2 (run in parallel)

17:30 – 19:00: Student poster session and meet-and-greet 

Free evening: College dinner or Pub Visit

Day 2, Tues 14 December: Integration-smart sensors and smart actuators 

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast at College

Morning Session

09:30 – 10:30 Presentation 4 (TBC)

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments break [LT 1 Foyer]

11:00 – 12:00 Presentation 5 (TBC)

12:00 – 13:00 Presentation 6 (TBC)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch  [CUED Canteen]

Afternoon Session

14:30 – 17:00 Workshop 3/ Workshop 4 (run in parallel)

Free evening: College Dinner or Pub Visit

Day 3, Wed 15 December: Integration/Smart control 

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast at College

Morning Session

09:30 – 10:30 Presentation 7 (TBC)

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments break [LT 1 Foyer]

11:00 – 12:00 Presentation 8 (TBC)

12:00 – 13:00 Presentation 9 (TBC)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch  [CUED Canteen]

Afternoon Session

14:00 – 17:30 Afternoon of social activities (List will be published shortly)

18:00 – 19:00 Drink at college [Dress Code: casual smart]

19:00 – 21:00 Formal dinner [Dress Code: casual smart]

Day 4, Thurs 16 December:Applications of smart materials

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast at College

Morning Session

09:30 – 10:30 Presentation 10 (TBC)

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments break [LT 1 Foyer]

11:00 – 12:00 Presentation 11 (TBC)

12:00 – 13:00 Presentation 12 (TBC)

Afternoon Session

14:30 – 17:00 Workshop 3/ Workshop 4 (run in parallel)

17:30-21:00 Barbecue (at College)

19:30-21:00 Big Talk / Panel discussion

Day 5, Friday 17 December: Industrial use cases

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast at College/Check-out/Luggage to the CUED

Morning Session

09:30 – 10:30 Presentation 13 (TBC)

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments break [LT 1 Foyer]

11:00 – 12:00 Presentation 14 (TBC)

12:00 – 13:00 Presentation 15 (TBC)

13:00 – 15:00 Networking Lunch / Discussions

Afternoon: Departure

Those who would like to spend an extra day in Cambridge should contact Jesus College and book an extra night directly with them. Jesus College conference service: +44 (0)1223 760524 or email us on conference@jesus.cam.ac.uk.

Tutorial Activities

In addition to lectures, talks and seminars, the Winter School will be running parallel tutorial sessions that will not be broadcast online. Tutorial sessions and speaker sessions can be found in separate menus above.