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Welcome to the Convergent Science Network Podcast! 

During the BCBT Summerschools (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) hosting professors Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott interviewed several speakers after their lectures. Interviews are also conducted on other occasions with various scientist in converging fields.

About the hostsPaul Verschure is ICREA Professor at SPECS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Tony Prescott is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Sheffield.

The Convergent Science Network of biomimetic and biohybrid systems (CSN, www.csnetwork.eu) is a coordination action for the development of future real-world technologies. CSN is supported through the Future and Emerging Technology programs (FET) of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) work programme of Framework Programme 7 of the European Commission.

Audio (post-)production: Sytse Wierenga. Podcast site: Alberto Betella.

Thoughts, discussions, and achievements in neurobiology, biomimetic and biohybrid systems

We can learn a lot from brains and bodies when making machines and robots. But reversely, building complex machine systems can also give ideas about how brains and bodies have implemented their functioning over the evolution of ages. This podcast discusses various themes and aspects in-between robotics, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, biology, and technology.

Biomechanics

Interview with Maarja Kruusma

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Maarja Kruusma

Maarja Kruusma (Tallin University of Technology) studies the building of fish, focusing especially on swimming. With Paul Verschure she discusses the importance of morphological details and body control, as well as biomimetical approaches in general.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 65.27MB - Duration: 56:47 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Benny Hochner

05-04-2018

Benny Hochner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) discusses his work on octopi and the way motor control is uniquely organised in their flexible bodies.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 161.05MB - Duration: 1:10:18 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Maria Chiara Carozza

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Maria Chiara Carozza

Maria Chiara Carozza (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy) talks with Tony Prescott about the development of robotic prosthetic hands, exoskeletons, and skin, and the ways this could help people increase body movement control and rehabilitate.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 36.81MB - Duration: 31:55 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Yoseph Bar-Cohen

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Yoseph Bar-Cohen

Yoseph Bar-Cohen (Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA) is an expert in the field of biomimetics. With Paul Verschure he discusses the influence of mountain goats on climbing robots, as well as the ways robotic technology is revolutionizing our society.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 66.21MB - Duration: 57:36 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Joseph Ayers

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Joseph Ayers

Joseph Ayers (Northeastern University) has moved from systems physiology to building robot lobsters, increasingly focusing on the interplay between the physiological, sensorimotor, and neural interplay of these animals' characteristics.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 76.66MB - Duration: 1:06:44 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Mitra Hartmann

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Mitra Hartmann

Mitra Hartmann (Northwestern University, USA) researches perception, particularly 'active sensing'. With Tony Prescott, a colleague in the field, she discusses what can be learnt from exploratory behavior like whisking, including behavior and biology.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 19.54MB - Duration: 16:49 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Frank Grasso

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Frank Grasso

Frank Grasso (Cognitive Robotics Lab, City University of New York) has extensively studied lobsters and cephalopods, and modeled with robots. With Tony Prescott he discusses sensing capabilities, control and learning capabilities of these animals.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 50.09MB - Duration: 43:31 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Federico Carpi

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Federico Carpi

Federico Carpi (University of Pisa, Italy) is an expert on robot body materials. With Tony Prescott he discusses the current development towards soft materials that can deform under electrical stimulation, and can act and sense at the same time.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 42.44MB - Duration: 36:50 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with David Lentink

04-04-2018


							 Interview with David Lentink

An expert in aerodynamics and animal locomotion, David Lentink (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) discusses with Tony Prescott the evolution of flight, its dynamics, and the influence of animal size.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 42.73MB - Duration: 37:20 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)