The main conference will take the form of a three-day single-track oral and poster presentation programme hosted at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Scotland, 20th to 22nd July 2016.
The conference programme will include five plenary lectures from leading international researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems, and the demonstrations of state-of-the-art living machine technologies
The full conference will  be preceded by up to two days of Satellite Events hosted by the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.


WEDNESDAY 20 July            

8:00-9:00 REGISTRATION            
8:45-9:00 WELCOME      

LM2016 Conference Chairs and Prof. Julian Jones, vice Principal of Heriot-Watt University 

9:00-10:00  PLENARY LECTURE 1
Ant navigation: lessons for, and from, robots.
Barbara Webb

10:00 Talk 1 - Biomimetic technologies            
A Bio-Inspired Model for Visual Collision Avoidance on a Hexapod Walking Robot.
Hanno Gerd Meyer, Olivier J. N. Bertrand, Jan Paskarbeit, Jens Peter Lindemann, Axel Schneider, Martin Egelhaaf       

10:30 Talk 2 - Biomimetic technologies             
Perceptive invariance and associative memory between perception and semantic representation USER a Universal Semantic Representation implemented in a system on chip (SoC).
Patrick Pirim
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break             
11:30 Talk 3   Biomimetic technologies            
A bio-inspired photopatterning method to deposit silver nanoparticles onto non conductive surfaces using spinach leaves extract in ethanol.
Marc Desmulliez, David Watson, Jose Marques-Hueso, Jack Hoy-Gig Ng    
12:00 Talk 4   Biomimetic technologies  
Use of bifocal objective lens and scanning motion in robotic imaging systems for simultaneous peripheral and high resolution observation of objects.
Gašper Škulj, Drago Bracun
12:30 POSTER SPOTLIGHTS 1        (to be announced)
12:45 POSTER SESSION 1             
13:30-15:00  Lunch Break             
15:00 Talk 5    Biomimetic technologies         
Computer-Aided Biomimetics.
Ruben Kruiper, Jessica Chen-Burger, Marc Desmulliez           
15:30 Talk 6    Biomimetic technologies             
Wasp-inspired needle insertion with low net push force
Tim Sprang, Paul Breedveld, Dimitra Dodou
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break             
16:30-17:30 PLENARY LECTURE 2  
Biomimetic Materials: Smart and Multifunctional Solutions for Technical Challenges of the 21st Century.

Thomas Speck    
17:30 RECEPTION              
THURSDAY July 21             
9:00-10:00 PLENARY LECTURE 3  
On the Soft Synergy Model and Its Applications to Artificial Hands. 
Antonio Bicchi       
10:00 Talk 7 Neuromimetics             
Wall following in a semi-closed-loop fly-robotic interface
Jiaqi Huang, Yilin Wang, Holger G Krapp      
10:30 Talk 8   Neuromimetics   
Learning to balance while reaching: a cerebellar-based control architecture for a self-balancing robot.
Maximilian Ruck, Ivan Herreros, Giovanni Maffei, Marti Sanchez-Fibla, Paul Verschure           
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break             
11:30 Talk 9 Neuromimetics               
Retina color-opponency based pursuit implemented through spiking neural networks in the Neurorobotics Platform.
Alessandro Ambrosano, Lorenzo Vannucci, Ugo Albanese, Murat Kirtay, Egidio Falotico, Pablo Martínez-Cañada, Georg Hinkel, Jacques Kaiser, Stefan Ulbrich, Paul Levi, Christian Morillas, Alois Knoll, Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, Cecilia Laschi
12:00 Talk 10   Neuromimetics                
Eye-head stabilization mechanism for a humanoid robot tested on human inertial data.
Lorenzo Vannucci, Egidio Falotico, Silvia Tolu, Paolo Dario, Henrik Hautop Lund, Cecilia Laschi
12:30-13:30 DEMOS & Installations open to the public   
13:30-15:00 Lunch Break             
15:00 Talk 11   Neuromimetics             
Towards a Synthetic Tutor Assistant: the EASEL project and its architecture.
Vasiliki Vouloutsi, Maria Blancas, Riccardo Zucca, Pedro Omedas, Dennis Reidsma, Daniel Davison, Vicky Charissi, Frances Wijnen, Jan van der Meij, Vanessa Evers, David Cameron, Samuel Fernando, Roger Moore, Tony Prescott, Daniele Mazzei, Michael Pieroni, Lorenzo Cominelli, Roberto Garofalo, Danilo De Rossi, Paul Verschure            
15:30 Talk 12    Neuromimetics             
A Hydraulic Hybrid Neuroprosthesis for Gait Restoration in People with Spinal Cord Injuries.
Mark Nandor, Sarah Chang, Rudi Kobetic, Ron Triolo       
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break             
16:30-17:30 PLENARY LECTURE 4   
Neural mechanisms and computations underlying the selection and maintenance of behavioural activity.
Frank Hirth       
17:30 PANEL DISCUSSION          
20:00 LM2016 SOCIAL DINNER             
FRIDAY, July 22             
9:00-10:00 PLENARY LECTURE 5   
Computer simulation of the human wholebody neuromuscular system is a grand challenge of supercomputing. 
Yoshihiko Nakamura        
10:00 Talk 13   Animal-inspired robotics             
The natural bipeds, birds and humans: an inspiration for bipedal robots
Anick Abourachid, Vincent Hugel           
10:30 Talk 14   Animal-inspired robotics               
Animal-inspired robotics          
Insect-inspired visual navigation for flying robots.
Andrew Philippides, Nathan Steadman, Alex Dewar, Chris Walker, Paul Graham             
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break             
11:30 Talk 15   Animal-inspired robotics           
Aplysia californica as a Novel Source of Material for Biohybrid Robots and Organic Machines.
Victoria Webster, Katherine Chapin, Emma Hawley, Jill Patel, Ozan Akkus, Hillel Chiel, Roger Quinn          
12:00 Talk 16   Animal-inspired robotics     
Thrust-Assisted Perching and Climbing for a Bioinspired UAV
Morgan Pope, Mark Cutkosky     
12:30 POSTER SPOTLIGHTS 2       
12:45 POSTER SESSION 2                         
13:30- 15:00 Lunch Break             
15:00 Talk 17   Animal-inspired robotics             
A Soft Pneumatic Maggot Robot.
Tianqi Wei, Adam Stokes, Barbara Webb       
15:30 Talk 18   Animal-inspired robotics          
MantisBot Uses Minimal Descending Commands to Pursue Prey as Observed in Tenodera sinensis.
Nicholas Szczecinski, Andrew Getsy, Jacob Bosse, Joshua Martin, Roy Ritzmann, Roger Quinn
16:00 Talk 19   Animal-inspired robotics   
MiRO: A commercial robot with a biomimetic brain-based control system
Ben Mitchinson, Tony Prescott
16:30 POSTER SPOTLIGHTS 3      (to be announced)
16:45 POSTER SESSION 3            
17:45 LM2015 AWARD for BEST PAPER, POSTER & DEMO             
18:00  END   
Public lecture on Biomimetism. Marc Desmullez
Dynamic Earth. Auditorium