Workshop on Soft Robotics and Embodied AI for Food and Home Applications

June 29-30th, 2023

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This 2-day workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges for robotics and embodied AI in food and home applications, whilst providing young researchers the opportunity to present their work.

Robotics and embodied intelligence has a significant impact to play in food and home applications.  This 2-day workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges for robotics and embodied AI in these application areas, whilst providing young researchers the opportunity to present their work. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Soft robotics technologies
  • Wearables and assistive devices
  • Cooking/food optimization robots
  • Robotic Food
  • Soft robotics for Agri-Food
  • Robotics for domestic and in home environments
  • Soft robotics & embodied Intelligence


Registration.  Registration is free, please register here.  Deadline 9th June 2023.

This event is open to researchers and industry members; a key goal of the workshop is to provide young researchers (PhDs/Post-Docs) the opportunity to show-case their work.  We invite young researchers to submit a title a short abstract; the strongest talks will be selected to give 8 minute talks during the event and to join in with panel discussions.  We will also have poster presentations. 


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Prof. Ester Amstad (SMal, EPFL) – Key Note
  • Prof. Amir Zamir (VILAB, EPFL) – Key Note
  • Marcello Calisti (University of Lincoln)
  • Jonathan Rossiter (University of Bristol)
  • Fulvio Forni (University of Cambridge)
  • Helmet Hauser (University of Bristol)
  • Perla Maiolino (University of Oxford)
  • Thilina Dulantha Lalitharatne (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Fumiya Iida (University of Cambridge)
  • Matteo Cianchetti (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies) (online)
  • Thrishantha Nanayakkara (Imperial College London) (online)


Provisional Schedule

Day 1 is more application orientated and industry focused, whereas day 2 is more open ended, philosophical and open to blue-sky thinking.

Thursday 29th June (Day 1)
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome & Coffee  
09:00 – 09:15 Introduction  
Session 1: Agriculture & Food
09:15 – 09:45 PI Talks
(2 people, 15 min.)
 – Marcello Calisti
 – Jonathan Rossiter
09:45 – 10:30 YR Talks (Session 1)
(6 people, 5 min.)
 – Francesco Stella, Stefan Ilic, Philip Johnson, Max Polzin, Qiukai Qi, Sylvain Schaller, 
10:30 – 11:15 Coffee & Posters  
11:15 – 12:00 Discussion on Agriculture & Food  
12:00 – 12:30 Flash Talks & Introduce Later Session  – Flash Talks: Francesco Stella, Shiv Katiyar, Sudong Lee, Ebrahim Shahabi, Alan Wu, Fan Ye, Emily Sologuren, Sadra Zargarzadeh
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch, Posters & Networking  
Session 2: Learning & Control
13:30 – 14:15 Key Note  – Prof. Amir Zamir
14:15 – 14:45 PI Talks
(2 people, 15 min.)
 – Fulvio Forni
 – Helmut Hauser
14:45 – 15:15 Panel Discussion &
Announce Groups for Later Discussion
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break & Posters  
15:45 – 16:15 YR Talks (Session 2)
(6 people, 5 min.)
 – Florian Hartmann, Mustafa Mete, Nana Obayashi, Cheng Pan, Hemma Philamore, Yao Yao
16:15 – 17:30 Group Project Planning  
18:30 + Social Event  


Friday 30th June (Day 2)
09:00 – 09:10 Recap on Day 1  
Session 3: Soft Robotic Technologies
09:10 – 10:00 PI Talks
(3 people, 15 min.)
 – Perla Maiolino
 – Thilina Lalitharatne
 – Thrishantha Nanayakkara
10:00 – 10:30 YR Talks (Session 3)
(4 people, 5 min.)
 – Martin Garrad, David Hardman, Michael Ishida, Alexander Keller
10:30 – 11:15 Coffee & Posters  
11:15 – 12:00 Key Note  – Prof. Ester Amstad
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion  
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch, Posters & Networking  
Session 4: Future Opportunities in Food & Robotics
13:30 – 14:00 PI Talks
(2 people, 15 min.)
 – Fumiya Iida
 – Matteo Cianchetti
14:00 – 14:15 YR Talks  (3 people, 5 minutes) – Arsen Abdulali, Kai Junge, Bokeon Kwak
14:15 – 14:45 Discussion  
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee & Posters  
15:15 – 15:45 Funding Opportunities Presentation  
15:45 – 16:30 Funding Opportunities Discussion  
16:30 – 16:45 Wrap up & Finish  


Location on campus

printable map of the campus is available for download, an interactive map can also be found below.

By plane / public transport

Lausanne is directly accessible from Swiss airports by train. From the Geneva airport, the ride is 40-50 minutes and at least 3 trains leave for Lausanne every hour. From the Zurich airport, the ride is about 2.5 hours, and at least 3 trains leave for Lausanne each hour. You can buy tickets and check the schedule here.

At Lausanne train station, exit the main hall town side (as opposite from lake side). Cross the road and enter the metro station labelled “M2”, the station is inside a covered area on the right of a McDonald’s. Go down on the right side, direction “Croisettes.” Get off at the very next stop (“Lausanne – Flon”), and go up one level to metro “M1” station. This is a head station with trains all going to end station “Renens – Gare”. M1 will bring you to EPFL in about 15 minutes.

You must buy a 2 zones ticket (zone 11 + 12 or “Grand Lausanne) at a ticket machine or at the Tourism Office in the station’s hall. Euros and most debit or credit cards are accepted. If you stay at a hotel, you will get a free transportation card for the Lausanne area at check-in for the duration of your stay.

By car

Arriving from Geneva or Bern, follow the direction “LAUSANNE SUD”. Then leave the highway at “EPFL” exit. You will now be on “Route du Lac”. There are two ways into EPFL. Take the second, which is located just before a traffic light, then follow the blue parking icons.

Look on the map for the public parking lots. Use only the white places reserved for visitors. The parking can be paid with cash at the parking meter or via Twint, Easypark and Parkingpay (CHF 1.- for the first hour, CHF 2.- for the following hours).

  • Josie Hughes, CREATE Lab, EPFL
  • Fumiya Iida, BIRL, University of Cambridge
  • Arsen Abduali, BIRL, University of Cambridge
  • Nana Obayashi, CREATE Lab, EPFL
  • Sudong Lee, CREATE Lab, EPFL