Invited talk: Lorenzo Jamone

Soft magnetic-based tactile sensors for dexterous robotic manipulation

The robotics community is progressively acknowledging that tactile sensing is crucial for object manipulation, and that the presence of soft materials at the contact interface between the robot hands/grippers and the objects does facilitate such complex control tasks. Therefore, a number of different approaches and solutions have been proposed in the last ten years for the development of soft tactile sensors, using different technologies.

In this talk I will focus on the use of magnetic technology to create tactile sensors that can measure contact forces with high sensitivity. I hope the talk will stimulate a discussion about the pros and cons of using magnetic technology (with respect to e.g. optical, capacitive, resistive), the scope of its application, and the current and future challenges.