1. APS has extended the abstract deadline by 2 weeks, to November 6.
2. APS is lowering registration rates by 40%-50% to reduce the barrier for entry, especially for people new to March Meetings.
(Fees will be published before the November 6 deadline.)
So please kindly encourage your relevant students/postdocs/colleagues to attend.

Robophysics: Robotics Meets Physics

We are hosting the sixth annual Focus Session on “Robophysics” at the APS March Meeting March 2021, to be held virtually March 15-19, 2021 (exact date TBD).

Please forward this abstract submission solicitation to whoever might be interested, particularly your students/postdocs.


This workshop addresses the need to establish a new field of robophysics–physics for complex “living” robotic systems (analogous to biophysics, physics for complex biological systems). Robots are moving from the factory floor and into our lives (autonomous cars, homecare assistants, search and rescue devices, etc). However, despite the fascinating questions such future “living systems” pose for scientists, the study of such systems has been dominated by engineers and computer scientists.

We propose that interaction of researchers studying dynamical systems, soft materials, and living systems can help discover principles that will allow physical robotic devices to interact with the real world in qualitatively different ways than they do now.

We hope that a Focus Session at the APS March meeting that brings together leaders in this emerging area (most of whom are not physicists) will demonstrate the need for a physics of robotics and reveal interesting problems at the interface of nonlinear dynamics, soft matter, control, and biology.

To learn more, see Aguilar et al. (2016). A review on locomotion robophysics: The study of movement at the intersection of robotics, soft matter and dynamical systems, Reports on Progress in Physics, 79 (11), 110001 PDF

Invited speakers:

Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, Yale, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science:

Massimo Vergassola, UCSD, Physics:

Bob Full, UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology:

Abstract submission:

Submit at:

Deadline: Friday, November 6, 5 PM US Eastern Time.

When submitting, please list the following session number:

02.01.61 Robophysics: Robotics Meets Physics (DBIO, DSOFT) [same as 04.01.09]

Note that:

Abstract is short (1300 characters) and can be new work or past work revisited.

It does NOT require submitting a full paper of new work like major robotics meetings (e.g., ICRA, IROS, RSS).

It is advised to submit early in case of system glitches (which has occurred before).

Sessions typically run in blocks of ~3 hours with 10+2 min talks and ~30 min invited talks.

Previous Robophysics Focus Sessions:

Our Focus Session has had great success at APS March Meetings in 2016-2020, with growing attendance by a diverse group of physicists, engineers, mathematicians, biologists, etc. with interests at the intersection of science and robotics. To get an idea of the breadth of what has been presented before, see below:






Thanks in advance and hope to see you and/or colleagues.

Chen Li, Johns Hopkins University

Dan Goldman, Georgia Tech