The Living Machines conference will be preceded by Workshops to be hosted at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, 28 July, 2015
Active researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems are invited to propose topics for 1- day or 2-day tutorials, symposia or workshops on related themes. Workshops proforma HERE
To attend the workshops will attract a small fee intended to cover the costs of the meeting. For fees and online registration go to REGISTRATION
The Robot Self
Organizers: Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield, UK; Paul Verschure, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Kevin O'Regan, Univ. Paris Descartes ,
Contact: Tony Prescott, t [dot] j [dot] prescott [at] sheffield [dot] ac [dot] uk
Abstract: The human self has many facets—physical, temporal, social, conceptual and experiential. We will consider to what extent it will be possible, useful, or ethical to create robots that have a human-like “sense of self”. Might this, for instance, be a path to developing robots that have an understanding of human intentions and needs and are therefore safer and more helpful? Or, would such machines with selves then suffer like we do? Or, might they become uncontrollable? Our workshop will examine the different aspects of self in humans, how these might be realised in robots, and what we might learn about the human condition from the endeavour to create artificial selves. click here for the PROGRAM pdf
Nature Inspired Manufacturing
Heriot-Watt university, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Edinburgh
EH14, 4AS, Scotland, UK.
Contact m [dot] desmulliez [at] hw [dot] ac [dot] uk, e [dot] abraham [at] hw [dot] ac [dot] uk.
Bio Inspired Design: Methods and Practice
Sabir Khan, Architect and Industrial Designer, http://www.coa.gatech.edu/people/sabir-khan
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta 30332
Contact: jeannette [dot] yen [at] biology [dot] gatech [dot] edu; sabir [dot] khan [at] coa [dot] gatech [dot] edu
Abstract: At this workshop, Sabir Khan, Architect and Industrial Designer, and Jeannette Yen, Biological Oceanographer and Bio Inspired Designer, will teach participants how to mine Nature for design principles using search strategies that have proved useful to our students. We will deploy the tactics we’ve developed [problem decomposition of current technological solution, functional decomposition of solutions of similar challenges in nature, analogical reasoning] to translate the biological insights into technological innovations. We then will down select from the diversity of designs generated in this translation process to take the best ideas [teams will be formulated to be as interdisciplinary as possible*] and execute the final step in the conceptual design process. The objective of critiques of the final presentations is to evaluate the concept for its potential for prototyping. The next step, done under the participants’ own initiative, is to build and test the prototype at their home institute. If of interest, final designs will be presented as part of conference program.
*We will customize the focus to the interests of the participants who will be selected based on their response to our pre-course survey: your expertise [biology, engineering, design], your strengths in sustainable practices [materials economy, energy savings, water saving, etc], reasons for your interest in learning how to practice BID. We look forward to sharing what we have learned from teaching students in biology, mechanical and biomedical engineering, materials science, architecture and industrial design at Georgia Tech who are looking to change the world. PRELIMINARY PROGRAM pdf