ABOUT US

Our Laboratory aims to answer emerging needs of the society by proposals of novel robotic systems, ranging from fabrication of sensors, actuators, and intelligence. We particulaly focus on dynamic investigation of nature phenomena to find out the underlying, dominating mechanisms that could then give hints to fabrication of novel structures. Ideas are shaped under the light of novel technologies with integration of scientific methods, then integrated in robotic systems with specific applications. Results obtained in this process could be inversely utilized to understand the natures.

MESSAGE TO POTENTIAL STUDENTS

Robotics is multi-disciplanary research. Our lab welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, such as material science, mechanical engineering, sensor fabrication, control engineering, and information science. Skills can be achieved during the study, thus, the following minds are encouraged in our Lab: creation, communication, and commitment. Feel free to contact staffs in Lab for further information.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Check our latest robots' videos here: HO LAB YouTube

NEWS & TOPICS

  • 2020/07/22 Our paper Wrinkled Soft Sensor with Variable Afferent Morphology: Case of Bending Actuation is Best Paper Award's Finalist of 2020 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics.
  • 2020/04 PhD student Nguyen Van Pho received IEEE Nagoya Chapter's award for presentation at international conference (ICRA 2019) (details). Congratulations!
  • 2020/04/01 Our lab's PhD students Nguyen Van Pho and Qi Qiukai are awarded Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship for Young Scientist (DC). Congratulations!
  • 2020/04/01 Our lab's PhD student Nguyen Quang Dinh is awarded abroad visiting-scholar grant from Tateishi. Congratulations!
  • 2020/03/25 Journal paper titled Wrinkled Soft Sensor with Variable Afferent Morphology: Case of Bending Actuation has been accepted by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) and will also be presented at RoboSoft 2020.
  • 2020/03/25 Four Master students: Koshimoto, Miura, Yoshigi, and Wang graduated from Soft Haptics Lab. Well done, and wish for your success!
  • 2019/11/09 Lab director Van Anh Ho is Winner of IEEE Nagoya Section Young Researcher Awards 2019
  • 2019/10/31 Two papers, one of them on "Kinematic Evaluation of a Series of Soft Actuators in Designing an Eel-Inspired Robot" by our PhD student Dinh Nguyen, have been accepted by 2020 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration (SII 2020), Hawaii, USA
  • 2019/09/05 Presented demonstration on soft tactile muscularis at Innovation Japan 2019. It was also reported by EE Times Japan.
  • 2019/07/05 Journal paper titled Theoretical Foundation for Design of Friction-Tunable Soft Finger with Wrinkle's Morphology has been accepted by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) and will also be presented at IROS 2019.
  • 2019/05/14 Journal paper titled Localization of Sliding Movements Using Soft Tactile Sensing Systems with Three-axis Accelerometers has been accepted by Sensors.
  • 2019/04/16 Demonstrated new design of Vision based soft tactile muscularis at IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft2019) in Seoul (see related paper)
  • 2019/04/01 Home page for ICRA 2019 Wokshop on Soft Haptic Interaction: Modeling, Design And Application has been released by Hongbin. The workshop day is May 24
  • 2019/04/01 Welcome new 5 Master students and 1 PhD student to our laboratory!
  • 2019/03/22 Two Master students, Kindaichi and Asahina, graduated from Soft Haptics Lab. Well done, and wish for your success!
  • 2019/02/12 Journal paper titled Wrinkled Soft Sensor with Variable Afferent Morphology has been accepted by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
  • 2019/01/29 Two papers by Pho Nguyen and Qiukai Qi have been accepted by 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2019), Montreal, Canada
  • 2019/01/21 Two papers have been accepted by 2019 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2019), Seoul, Korea
  • 2019/01/18 Journal paper titled Grasping Interface with Wet Adhesion and Patterned Morphology: Case of Thin Shell has been accepted by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
  • 2018/10/25 Journal paper titled Mechanics of wet adhesion in soft interaction with patterned morphology has been accepted by Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.
  • 2018/09/09 Journal paper titled Computational Model for Tactile Sensing System with Wrinkle’s Morphological Change has been accepted by Advanced Robotics.
  • 2018/08/20 We are organizing a Special Issue on RA-L (IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters) with ICRA 2019 option, titled Soft Haptic Interaction: Modeling, Design, and Application
  • 2018/06/29 One paper on haptic display device has been accepted by 2018 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018), Madrid, Spain
  • 2018/04/01 Proposal for KAKENHI Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) has been accepted by JSPS
  • 2018/02/28 Journal paper titled Morphological Computation in Haptic Sensation and Interaction: From Nature to Robotics has been accepted by Advanced Robotics
  • 2018/02/01 Two papers have been accepted by the first IEEE/RAS conference on soft robotics RoboSoft 2018, titled "Soft Grasping with Wet Adhesion: Preliminary Evaluation" and "Tactile Sensing System with Wr'l Morphological Change: Modeling"
  • 2017/12/01 Workshop titled Soft Haptics: what has been done and what to be done has been accepted by RoboSoft 2018
  • 2017/12/01 Workshop titled Active touch for perception and interaction: How nature inspires robotics has been accepted by ICRA 2018
  • 2017/07/01 Paper titled Wrin'Tac: Tactile Sensing System with Wrinkle's Morphological Change has been published by IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (now free for access)
  • 2017/06/14 Paper titled Grasping by Wrapping: Mechanical Design and Evaluation has been accepted by 2017 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017), Vancouver, Canada, Sept., 2017
  • 2017/05/01 Workshop proposal on Morphological Design in Haptic Sensation, Interaction and Display has been accepted by 20017 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017), Vancouver, Canada, Sept., 20017
  • 2017/05/01 Proposal on soft sensor has been accepted by OMRON Tateishi Science and Technology Foundation
  • 2017/04/01 Paper titled: " Morphological Computation in Tactile Sensing: Role of Wrinkle " has been accepted for presentation at 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Singapore, May 27 - June 2, 2017
  • 2017/04/01 Paper titled: " Design and Analysis of a Soft-Fingered Hand with Contact Feedback " has been accepted for presentation at 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Singapore, May 27 - June 2, 2017