Anaheim Marriott
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
Conference SSN02
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXII
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Abstract Due:
16 October 2019

Author Notification:
20 December 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
1 April 2020

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Conference Chair
Conference Co-Chairs
Program Committee
  • Barbar J. Akle, Lebanese American Univ. (Lebanon)
  • Kinji Asaka, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
  • Pavol Bauer, Technische Univ. Delft (Netherlands)
  • Ray H. Baughman, The Univ. of Texas at Dallas (United States)
  • Václav Bouda, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Suresh Chandra, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu Univ. (India)
  • Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Sungkyunkwan Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
  • Gal deBotton, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
  • Yahya A. Ismail, A'Shargiyah Univ. (Oman)
  • Edwin W. H. Jager, Linköping Univ. (Sweden)
  • Giedrius Janusas, Kaunas Univ. of Technology (Lithuania)
  • Martin Kaltenbrunner, Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz (Austria)
  • Christoph Keplinger, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (United States)
  • Kwang Jin Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
  • Gabor M. Kovacs, EMPA (Switzerland)
  • Maarja Kruusmaa, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)

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Call for
EAP materials have unique characteristics that are enabling many new technologies. Their characteristics include the ability to undergo larger displacements than almost any other class of smart materials, the pliability needed for biomimetic and other mechanically flexible systems, and low density. Of particular interest is their potential to augment, improve upon, and possibly replace biological muscles. Besides their attractive characteristics as actuators, they are also being exploited to enable new types of generators or sensors. Development of effective and robust mechanisms and devices that are actuated by EAP materials requires improved theoretical and empirical understanding of their behavior, design concepts for efficient actuation, generation and sensing, and reliable and repeatable fabrication and characterization methods, as well as effective control algorithms and electronics. The objective of this conference is to identify EAP material improvements and new developments: enhance the understanding of their behavior, including effective modeling of their electro-mechanics and chemistry, cover techniques of processing and characterization, and highlight applications of these materials. Further, this conference is seeking to promote the development of high performance EAP as smart materials and to increase the recognition of EAP as viable options for use in smart structures.

Papers are solicited on but not limited to the following EAP related topics:
  • advances in actuation, sensing, and proprioception using EAP materials, as well as carbon-based and inorganic materials (namely, in addition to electric, these include materials that are driven by heat, light or other energy inputs)
  • theoretical models, analysis, and simulation including computational chemistry
  • measurement, testing, and characterization methods
  • manufacturing technologies, including electroding, synthesis, processing, shaping, and fabrication
  • design and engineering of actuators, sensors, and their integration into systems
  • technology from miniature scale (MEMS, micro, and nano) to large devices
  • applications in artificial muscles, robotics, biomimetics, energy harvesting, medical, industry, etc.
  • driving electronics, system integration, and packaging
  • control algorithms for devices and their implementation in software and hardware.
2020 Special Session: Advances in EAP Manufacturing

2020 EAPAD Keynote Presentations: "Novel Field Robots and Robotic Exoskeletons: Design, Integration, and Applications", Pinhas Ben-Tzvi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States); "Highlights from Chairing the EAPAD Conference for 22 Years", Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

EAP-In-Action Demonstration Session
This industry session, held annually as part of the SPIE’s EAPAD conference, turns the spotlight on Electroactive Polymers (EAP) materials and applications, illustrating the state-of-the-art capabilities that make EAP one of the leading “actuators-of-choice”. New materials and application areas are continuing to emerge and this session offers up-close demonstrations of EAP materials in action. The demonstration format enables interaction between the technology developers and potential users as well as a "hands-on" experience with this emerging technology. An award certificate will also be given to the top three Best EAP-in-Action Demonstration Award winners. Details can be found online at the Awards website page.
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