The conference programme includes six plenary lectures from leading international researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems, and the demonstrations of state-of-the-art living machine technologies.

There will also be 18 regular talks of 30 min, 1 invited talk on Biomimetics in Design, 10 Poster Spotlights of 5 min, and 2 poster sessions of 1h featuring 40 posters. Robot and media demos are also part of the programme.

The full conference will be preceded by a 1 day Satellite Event hosted at the  Politecnico di Milano



9:00 -10:00  Plenary Lecture 1: Ricard Sole. Evolution of complex networks

10:00 Talk 1 - Soft robotics
Dynamic Model of a Jet-Propelled Soft Robot Inspired by the Octopus Mantle.
Federico RENDA, Frederic BOYER, Cecilia Laschi
10:30 Talk 2 - Soft robotics
Enhanced Locomotion of a Spherical Robot Based on the Sea- urchin Characteristics.
Jorge Ocampo-Jimenez, Angelica Munoz-Melendez, Gustavo Rodriguez-Gomez

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 Talk 3    Neuromechanics:
Neuromechanical Mantis Model Replicates Animal Postures via Biological Neural Models.
Nicholas Szczecinski, Joshua Martin, Ritzmann Roy, Roger Quinn
12:00 Talk 4    Neuromechanics:
Evolving optimal swimming in different fluids: a study inspired by batoid fishes.
Vito Cacucciolo, Francesco Corucci, Matteo Cianchetti, Cecilia Laschi

12:30 Poster Spotlights 1
13:00 Poster Session 1

13:30-15:00  Lunch Break

15:00 Talk 5    Social Robotics:
I-CLIPS Brain: A Hybrid Cognitive System for Social Robots.
Daniele Mazzei, Lorenzo Cominelli, Nicole Lazzeri, Danilo De Rossi
15:30 Talk 6    Social Robotics:
Blending in with the shoal: Robotic fish swarms for investigating strategies of group formation in Guppies.
Tim Landgraf, Hai Nguyen, Joseph Schöer, Angelika Szengel, Romain O.Clément, David Bierbach, Jens Krause

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 Plenary Lecture 2: Minoru Asada Osaka. Cognitive and Affective Developmental Robotics

17:30-18:30  Panel 1

18:30 RECEPTION by Taylor & Francis

20:30 WELCOME DINNER speakers by UPF


9:00-10:00 Plenary Lecture 3: Sarah Bergbreiter. Microrobotics

10:00 Talk 7 Locomotion:
A Natural Movement Database for Management, Documentation, Visualization, Mining and Modeling of Locomotion Experiments.
Leslie M. Theunissen, Michael Hertrich, Cord Wiljes, Eduard Zell, Christian Behler, André F. Krause, Holger H. Bekemeier, Philipp Cimiano, Mario Botsch, Volker Dürr
10:30 Talk 8    Locomotion:
Monolithic Design and Fabrication of a 2-DOF Bio-Inspired Leg Transmission.
Daniel Aukes, Onur Ozcan, Robert Wood.

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 Talk 9 Locomotion:
Capturing Stochastic Insect Movements with a Liquid State Machine.
Alexander Lonsberry, Kathryn Daltorio, Roger Quinn
12:00 Talk 10    Locomotion:
Neuromechanical Simulation of an Inter-leg Controller for Tetrapod Coordination.
Alexander Hunt, Manuela Schmidt, Martin Fischer, Roger Quinn

12:30 Invited talk Franco Lodato. Biomimetics in Design

13:00 DEMOS & Interactive Media Session

13:30-15:00 Lunch Break

15:00 Talk 11    Biohybrid:
Change of network dynamics in a neuro-robotic system.
Irene Nava, Jacopo Tessadori, Michela Chiappalone
15:30 Talk 12    Biohybrid:
A predictive model for closed-loop collision avoidance in a fly-robotic interface.
Jiaqi Huang, Holger G Krapp

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 Plenary Lecture 4: Darwin Caldwell. Legged Locomotion

17:30 Panel 2


FRIDAY, August 1

9:00-10:00 Plenary Lecture 5: Andrew Schwartz. Neural control of prosthetics

10:00 Talk 13 Brain-based:
Optimization of cerebellar reflexes.
Santiago Brandi, Ivan Herreros, Paul Verschure
10:30 Talk 14 Brain-based:
Hippocampal based model reveals the distinct roles of dentate gyrus and CA3 during robotic spatial navigation.
Diogo Santos Pata, Alex Escuredo, Stéphane Lallée, Paul Verschure

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 Talk 15 Brain-based:
Design of a Control Architecture for Habit Learning in Robots.
Erwan Renaudo, Benoît Girard, Raja Chatila, Mehdi Khamassi
12:00 Talk 16 Active sensing:
A Minimum Attention Control Law for Ball Catching.
Cheongjae Jang, Jee-eun Lee, Sohee Lee, Frank Park

12:30 Poster Spotlights 2  
13:00 Poster Session 2

13:30- 15:00 Lunch Break

15:00 Talk 17 Active sensing:
Insect-Inspired Tactile Contour Sampling Using Vibration-Based Robotic Antennae.
Thierry Hoinville, Nalin Harischandra, Andre Krause, Volker Dür
15:30 Talk 18 Active sensing:
Trajectory Control Strategy for an Anthropomorphic Robotic Finger.
Shouhei Shirafuji, Shuhei Ikemoto, Koh Hosoda

16:00-16-30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 Plenary Lecture 6: Mandyam Srinivasan. Insect-inspired cognition and vision


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