ODM: Origami and Deployable Mechanisms

Origami and Deployable Mechanisms
OIST Workshop 2019

Connecting kinematic and curved origami with classical and deployable mechanisms

Date: 28 — 31 May 2019
Location: OIST Conference Center


Deployable structures are exemplified by everyday items like foldable chairs, lifesaving arterial stents, solar panels for powering spacecrafts, and cargo-sorting DNA robots. The underlying theory and design of these objects is a very active field of research that builds on findings for classical mechanisms. Origami, the art of paper folding, has at least two subcategories which are closely related to deployable and classical mechanisms. One subcategory is kinematic origami, which involves the creation of folded paper structures that possess internal degrees of freedom that allow for changes in shape. Although the many commonalities between these creations and deployable mechanisms are obvious, members of the mechanics community have only recently realized the huge potential for applying kinematic origami to innovative packaging, robotics, mobile architecture, nanotechnology, and medical devices. The other subcategory is curved origami, which involves the creation of rigid structures by folding paper along curved creases. In this case, there are close links to the theories of nonlinearly elasticity of plates and shells, again with numerous applications, interior design, portable architecture, lighting, and stowage included. To understand and advance these modern research disciplines, it is crucial to forge connections with the classical field of mechanics, leading to new discoveries and applications.


  • Eliot Fried, OIST: Co-organizer
  • Johannes Schönke, OIST: Co-organizer
  • Gianni Royer-Carfagni, University of Parma: Co-organizer

Confirmed speakers

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Financial support for non-invited participants

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[Importatn Dates]

  • Application Deadline: 22 February, 2019
  • Notification of Application Results: Beginning of March
  • Participants arrival in Okinawa: 27 May, 2019
  • Participants departure from Okinawa: 1 June, 2019

There is no registration fee. OIST will handle the logistics and cover the cost of twin-share accommodation at Seaside House and meals for all student workshop participants. OIST will also help with arranging visas when necessary. A reasonable number of participants will be offered full financial travel support.
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