Join us at the next edition of Living Machines

Friday, 2016, December 9

First Call for Papers, Satellite Events and Sponsors

Living Machines VI: The 6th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. 25 – 28 July 2017. 

Accepted papers will be published in Springer Lecturer Notes in Artificial Intelligence
Submission deadline: March 10th, 2017



The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying
living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems.

Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The
investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals. First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be
used to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second, biomimetic technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient
solutions to unsolved challenges in science and engineering.

Biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological component—an existing living system—and at least one artificial,
newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity.
The theme of the conference also encompasses biomimetic methods formanufacture, repair and recycling inspired by natural processes such
as reproduction, digestion, morphogenesis and metamorphosis.

The following are some examples of “Living Machines” as featured at past conferences:

  • Biomimetic robots and their component technologies (sensors,actuators, processors) thatcan intelligently interact with their environments.
  • Biomimetic computers—neuromimetic emulations of the physiological basis for intelligent behaviour.
  • Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organizeand self- repair.
  • Nature-inspired designs and manufacturing processes.
  • Biohybrid brain-machine interfaces and neural implants.
  • Artificial organs and body-parts including sensory organ-chip hybrids and intelligent prostheses.
  • Organism-level biohybrids such as robot-animal or robot-human systems.


The main conference will take the form of a three-day single-track oral and poster presentation programme, 26th to 28th July 2017, hosted
at Stanford University, California, USA.

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 at Stanford University.


We invite both full papers and extended abstracts in areas related to the conference themes. All contributions will be refereed and accepted
papers will appear in the Living Machines Proceedings, published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

Full papers (minimum 8 pages, up to 12 pages) are invited from researchers at any stage in their career and should present
significant findings and advances in biomimetic or biohybrid research. More preliminary work is better suited for short paper submission
(minimum 4 pages, with a maximum of ten references and no more than three self-citations). Full papers will be accepted for either oral
presentation (single track) or poster presentation with a short podium preview. Extended abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation

Authors of the best full papers will be invited to submitted extended versions of their paper for publication in a special issue of the
Taylor & Francis journal Connection Science.


Active researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems are invited to propose topics for full or half-day tutorials, symposia or workshops
on related themes to be held on the 25th July at Stanford University.

Attendance at satellite events will attract a small fee intended to cover the costs of the meeting. There is flexibility about the
content, organisation, and budgeting for these events. Please contact us if you are interested in organising a satellite event!


March 10th, 2017 Paper submission deadline

April 28th, 2017 Notification of acceptance

May 15th, 2017 Camera ready copy

July 25th - 28th  2017 Conference


Organisations wishing to sponsor the conference in any way and gain the corresponding benefits by promoting themselves and their products
through conference publications, conference events, and conference publicity are encouraged to contact the organisers to discuss the
terms of sponsorship and necessary arrangements. We offer a number of attractive options to potential sponsors:


Living Machines 2017 will be hosted at Stanford University a world leading research University that this year celebrates its 125th
anniversary. Stanford is located in California's Bay Area, one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the US.

Organising Committee:

Mark Cutkosky, Stanford University (Local Organizing Chair)
Paul Verschure, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Co-Chair)
Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield (Co-chair)
Michael Mangan, University of Lincoln (Programme Chair)
Marc Desmulliez, Heriott Watt University, Scotland (Steering Committee Chair)
Anna Mura, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Communications)
Nathan Lepora, University of Bristol (Communications)