The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists, engineers and architects to discuss the structural and functional properties of jammed systems and to assess their potential for designed applications.
We are charting new territory by exploring jamming as a means to assemble structures that combine fluid-like amorphousness with solid-like rigidity. Questions we would like to discuss in this workshop include how the jammed state differs from ordinary solids or liquids, how the jamming transition can be used to create new types of adaptive materials or devices, and what new uses might open up for randomly packed aggregates in engineering and architecture.
Thematically connected sessions will focus on a range of associated topics, including random packings and networks, stochastic and guided assembly, and applications from adaptive or reconfigurable structures to jamming-enabled soft robots.
The workshop format will consist of invited presentations by leading practitioners, grouped to introduce multiple perspectives and approaches, as well as sessions for contributions by workshop participants (brief “rapid fire” talks and/or posters). Ample time will be reserved for discussion.
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