About the book
Recently, researchers have given considerable attention to soft robotic systems. Soft robotics presents a new robotics paradigm that is centered around flexible, configurable, and compliant structures and actuators. Unlike finite-DOF (degrees of freedom) hard robotic systems that are composed of kinematic chains of rigid links, soft robotic systems have characteristics of continuum topology with infinite DOFs. These robots use soft actuators such as photo-responsive actuators, electrically responsive actuators, pressure-driven actuators, thermally responsive actuators, and magnetically responsive actuators. Precise motion control for soft robotic systems is a highly challenging task since accurate models of the actuation dynamics and environmental interactions are often not available. Formulation of precise models of movement, sensing, and actuation and development of new control techniques that can be applied to soft robotic systems remain open research areas.
This book is intended to bring together important contributions from international researchers to provide the state of the art in soft robot design, modeling, fabrication, sensing, and control.