Power is a persistent challenge in autonomous robots across multiple functions and sizes. Energy storage is often the limiting factor in a system’s weight and operating time. High-power maneuvers such as jumping and flying increase maneuverability but demand novel transmissions. This workshop will bring together diverse fields to discuss this common limitation. Topics will range from micro-robotics, soft robotics, impulsive systems, medical devices, and beyond. The workshop will include presentations and demonstrations of cutting-edge approaches, as well as discussions to develop a unified framework.


The intent of this workshop is to bring together researchers in robotics working on different aspects of energy storage and power modulation. The challenge of energy management occurs in all robots regardless of size and functionality. Fundamentally, the operation of any robot can be broken down into cascading steps where energy gets converted from one form into another.

Roboticists have adopted a variety of energy storage methods: from readily available commercial batteries that are easy to integrate with conventional power electronics to higher energy density combustible fuels and beyond. Novel materials, processing and assembly methods have enabled the use of new technologies for energy storage, pushing the system level challenge towards integration and control.

Delivering power depends heavily on the robotic task to be performed, be it locomotion, manipulation, drug delivery, etc. In particular, fast movements, such as jumping, or flying, have high power requirements. Since many energy storage and conversion systems have strong rate limitations (e.g. battery maximum discharge rates) other mechanisms are required to modulate power at the robot level. As in the energy storage case, advances in materials and fabrication are opening new avenues for increasing energy conversion efficiency as well as the available power.

We have gathered experts in robotics, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and medical devices to discuss these topics. Our goal is to find common themes and solutions across different areas of research.

Topics will include:

  • Energy storage approaches: mechanical, electrical, chemical;
  • Transducer technologies: magnetic, thermal, electro-mechanical, electro-chemical, chemo-mechanical, etc.
  • Power modulation mechanisms for fast energy release: transmissions, latches, etc.
  • Applications in unthethered robotics, medical devices, impulsive systems.
  • Modeling aspects related to energy storage and power delivery


Dr. Mihai Duduta, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (primary contact)
420 Delaware St., SE
Mayo Building G217
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Prof. Samuel Felton, Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
515 ISEC
Boston, MA 02115
Prof. Zeynep Temel, Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Time Talk
8:30 Introduction
8:40 Invited Speaker
9:00 Submitted Speaker
9:20 Invited Speaker
9:40 Discussion
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Invited Speaker
10:50 Invited Speaker
11:10 Submitted Speaker
11:30 Invited Speaker
11:50 Invited Speaker
12:10 Discussion
12:50 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Demo Session
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:20 Invited Speaker
16:20-16:40 Submitted Speaker
16:40-17:00 Submitted Speaker
17:00-17:20 Invited Speaker
17:20-18:00 Discussion