Advancing wearable devices and applications through novel design, sensing, actuation, and AI

A full-day workshop at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Date: May 17th, 2024

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Location: Yokohama, Japan


Wearable devices have great potential to transform fields ranging from healthcare to robotics.  They can facilitate unprecedented datasets of human behavior, support on-demand personalized insights or assistance, and enrich interactions among humans, robots, and the environment.  

These applications also raise exciting challenges.  Machine learning pipelines must operate on data that is sparse or highly variable across subjects and environments.  Sensors and actuators should adapt to complex motions yet be compact and operated by novice users.  Multimodal frameworks yield novel insights but increase deployment and algorithm complexity.  Applying wearables to robots enhances their skills but raises questions of transferring networks or devices between agents.

This workshop will explore advances, challenges, and future directions within such areas.  Technical areas include machine learning pipelines, soft or customizable sensor and actuator fabrication, multimodal fusion, and modeling.  Modalities include biosignals, tactile sensing, and motion sensing.  Application areas include healthcare, movement assistance or augmentation, robotic manipulation, human-robot interaction, and AR/VR.  Topics can also include data capture or deployment considerations and the roles of academia and industry for development and dissemination.

The workshop welcomes 2-page short paper, presented as lightning talks and interactive posters / demonstrations, alongside keynotes and panelists.  We look forward to seeing you in Japan!

Topics of Discussion

Distinguished Speakers

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker

Director of Haptic Intelligence  Department

 Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems 

Yeow Chen Hua, Raye

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering 

National University of Singapore

Kyu-Jin Cho

Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 

Seoul National University

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Yale University 

Ryan Truby

Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering 

Northwestern University

SeungJun Kim

Associate Professor of Intelligent Robotics & Integrated Technology 

Gwangju Institute of Science Technology 

Organizing Committee