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We are pleased to announce a special issue of the International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications on soft robotic published by Springer.
Soft robotics, inspired by biological organisms including octopuses, worms,
starfish, and elephants, offers promising and innovative solutions for safe and adaptive interactions in unstructured environments and with humans. The development of soft robots presents a number of challenges in material synthesis, mathematical modeling, mechanism design, and control, and has attracted increasing attention from researchers in recent years. For instance, a soft robot comprised of sensors, actuators, and structures, all with soft, deformable, and compliant characteristics, requires advances in material development and manufacturing technology. Also, it is crucial to have distributed, effective control architecture that requires minimal computing power. Additionally, it is of great importance to develop computationally-efficient modeling tools for soft and deformable materials and structures. The goal of this focused section is to highlight some of the key advances made in the field of soft robotics. Topics of interest for the focused section include but are not limited to:
Papers must contain original contributions and be prepared in accordance with the journal standards. Instructions for authors are available online at: http://www.springer.com/41315.
Manuscripts should be submitted online at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/jira/default.aspx. The cover letter should report the following statement: “This paper is submitted for possible publication in the focused section on Advances in Soft Robotics. All manuscripts will be subjected to the peer review process. If you have any questions relating to this focused section, please email one of the Guest Editors.
Paper submission: September 1, 2016
Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State University, U. S. A., firstname.lastname@example.org Kam K. Leang, Univ. of Utah, U.S. A., email@example.com
Zhouping Yin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached please find the details of this CFP.
Below please find a call for action for the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program. Thank you for your support!
Call for Organizations to Sign Letter in Support of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program
ASME has drafted a letter in support of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program included in the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which can be viewed here: http://cqrcengage.com/asme/app/sign-petition?17&engagementId=234013. Please have your organization sign on to the letter and feel free to send it along to others in the community. The goal is to get as many relevant organizations as possible to sign on by Friday, August 26 so that we can deliver this letter to NDAA conferees when Congress is back in session in September. A long list of relevant organizations will show the broad support this program has and encourage conferees to include it in the final NDAA.
Call for Individuals to Send Letters Voicing Support of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program
If you as an individual would like to write to your Member of Congress and Senators showing your support for the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program, you can use the attached draft word document as a template. Please note, snail mail takes weeks to be delivered to Congress as it goes through a lengthy security screening. To help move this effort along, please email or fax a copy of your signed letter to Samantha Fijacko (email@example.com) by Friday, August 26 so she can hand deliver all letters directly to the Congressional offices.
Should you need any assistance, please contact Samantha: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: +1 (202) 429-9417 | Phone: (202) 785-7483
You are encouraged to forward this email on to other individuals or organizations who support the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program.
Overview of the Manufacturing Universities Grant Program: The program authorizes the Defense Department to support industry-relevant, manufacturing-focused, engineering training at U.S. universities. Institutions would be selected through a competitive grant-based process and would be required to better align their educational offerings with the needs of modern U.S. manufacturers. Designated schools would receive federal grant funding to meet specific goals, including focusing engineering programs on development of industry-relevant advanced manufacturing skills, building new partnerships with manufacturing firms, growing hands-on training opportunities for students, and fostering manufacturing entrepreneurship. The program would be run by the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with other federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, The Department of Energy, and the Department of Education.
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