CSN suggested reading


Biomaterials: A Nano Approach
By Seeram Ramakrishna, Murugan Ramalingam, T .S. Sampath Kumar, Winston O. Soboyejo

CRC Press. Copyright. Taylor and Francis 2016
This text offers a solid framework for understanding present and future trends of biomaterials in human healthcare systems.





From Neuron to Cognition via Computational Neuroscience
From Computational Neuroscience Series
Edited by Michael A. Arbib and James J. Bonaiuto

Hardcover ISBN: 9780262034968  November 2016
eBook ISBN: 9780262335263 November 2016

This textbook presents a wide range of subjects in neuroscience from a computational perspective. It offers a comprehensive, integrated introduction to core topics, using computational tools to trace a path from neurons and circuits to behavior and cognition. The book shows how computational neuroscience—methods for modeling the causal interactions underlying neural systems—complements empirical research in advancing the understanding of brain and behavior.


The Pragmatic Turn
Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science
Edited by Andreas K. Engel, Karl J. Friston and Danica Kragic

 MIT Press eBooks
ISBN: 9780262034326 | 432 pp. | 6 x 9 in | May 2016
ISBN: 9780262333283 | 432 pp. | June 2016

Cognitive science is experiencing a pragmatic turn away from the traditional representation-centered framework toward a view that focuses on understanding cognition as “enactive.” This enactive view holds that cognition does not produce models of the world but rather subserves action as it is grounded in sensorimotor skills. In this volume, experts from cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, robotics, and philosophy of mind assess the foundations and implications of a novel action-oriented view of cognition.



Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century
Stephen Lucci, Danny Kopec

Mercury Learning & Information, Dec 8, 2015
This new edition provides a comprehensive, colorful, up to date, and accessible presentation of AI without sacrificing theoretical foundations. It includes numerous examples, applications, full color images, and human interest boxes to enhance student interest. New chapters on robotics and machine learning are now included. Advanced topics cover neural nets, genetic algorithms, natural language processing, planning, and complex board games. A companion DVD is provided with resources, applications, and figures from the book. Numerous instructors' resources are available upon adoption.


Towards embodied artificial cognition: TIME is on my side
edited by Michail Maniadakis, Marc Wittmann, Sylvie Droit-Volet, Yoonsuck Choe

Frontiers Media SA. Copyright.
doi:  10.3389/fnbot.2014.00025




Artificial Cognitive Systems: A Primer
by David Vernon

MIT Press, October 17, 2014

This book offers a concise and accessible introduction to the emerging field of artificial cognitive systems. Cognition, both natural and artificial, is about anticipating the need for action and developing the capacity to predict the outcome of those actions. Drawing on artificial intelligence, developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience, the field of artificial cognitive systems has as its ultimate goal the creation of computer-based systems that can interact with humans and serve society in a variety of ways. 

Biomimetic Technologies: Principles and Applications
edited by: Trung Dung Ngo - 2015

Woodhead Publishing Print Book
ISBN :9780081002490
Biomimetic Technologies reviews the key materials and processes involved in this groundbreaking field, supporting theoretical background by outlining a range of applications
The book includes a solid overview of modern artificial intelligence as background to the principles of biomimetic engineering
Reviews a selection of key bio-inspired materials and sensors, highlighting their current strengths and future potential
Features cutting-edge examples of biomimetic technologies employed for a broad range of applications


Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: 4th International Conference, Living Machines 2015
edited by Stuart P. Wilson, Paul F.M.J. Verschure, Anna Mura, Tony J. Prescott

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines 2015, held in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2015. The 34 full and 13 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 50 submissions. The themes they deal with are: locomotion, particularly for soft-bodies; novel sensing and autonomous control systems; and cognitive architectures, social robots, and human-robot interaction.



CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology
Boris Ildusovich Kharisov, Oxana Vasilievna Kharissova, Ubaldo Ortiz-Mendez

Taylor & Francis, Dec 7, 2015 - Science
This book is an accessible, non-expensive encyclopedia for nanotechnology students and researchers. It contains entries that are organized alphabetically so information is more readily available. The contents strike a balance between compact form and comprehensiveness. Coverage is wide-ranging, with a wealth of illustrative material and an accompanying CD providing full-color figures and images.



From Molecules to Materials: Pathways to Artificial Photosynthesis 2015th Edition
by Elena A. Rozhkova (Editor), Katsuhiko Ariga (Editor)

ISBN-13: 978-3319137995
ISBN-10: 3319137999
This interdisciplinary book focuses on the various aspects transformation of the energy from sunlight into the chemical bonds of a fuel, known as the artificial photosynthesis, and addresses the emergent challenges connected with growing societal demands for clean and sustainable energy technologies. 



The Pentagon's Brain:
An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
Annie Jacobsen

Little, Brown, Sep 15, 2015 -
This is the book on DARPA--a compelling narrative about this clandestine intersection of science and the American military and the often frightening results.In the first-ever history about the organization, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain," from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.



Biomimetics. Nature - Based Innovation
Yoseph Bar-Cohen

September 21, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 788 Pages - 512 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439834763 - CAT# K11566
Series: Biomimetics Series
This is a follow-up to Biomimetics: Biologically Inspired Technologies (2005), this comprehensive reference methodically surveys the latest advances in this rapidly emerging field. It features an abundance of illustrations, including a 32-page full-color insert, and provides extensive references for engineers and scientists interested in delving deeper into the study of biomimetics.


Advances in Biomimetics
Anne George
Edited by Anne George, ISBN 978-953-307-191-6, 532 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published April 26, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/574

Genre: Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering & Technology
Readers: graduate students, scientists
The book contain articles that cover a wide spectrum of subject matter such as different aspects of the development of scaffolds and coatings with enhanced performance and bioactivity, including investigations of material surface-cell interactions.



Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: Third  International Conference, Living Machines 2014.

Milan, It, July 29 -- August 2, 2014, Proceedings
Edited by Armin

Duff, Nathan F. Lepora, Anna Mura, Tony J. Prescott, Paul F. M. J. Verschure 2014, Springer

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the third International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines 2014, held in Milan, It, in July/August 2014




DAC Distributed Adaptive Control : Theory and Practice - 
The Distributed Adaptive Control architecture is one of the very few examples of biomimetic architecture of perception cognitionand action that has been applied to a range of artificial behaving systems i.e. robots, while having a strong grounding in the pertinent neuroscience of both invertebrate and vertebrate systems.  

As a subject for teaching material DAC will introduce the students to key concepts of minds and brains both at the functional level and at the level of how the physiology and the anatomy of brains realize these function download at HERE




Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration

Biologically-Driven Engineering of Materials, Processes, Devices, and Systems
(In 3 Volumes)
Edited by: Esmaiel Jabbari (University of South Carolina, USA), Deok-Ho Kim (University of Washington, USA), Luke P Lee (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Amir Ghaemmaghami (University of Nottingham, UK), Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard University, USA & Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

The three-volume set covers the fields of bioinspired materials, electromechanical systems developed from concepts inspired by nature, and tissue models respectively.

Volume 1: Bioinspired Materials
Volume 2: Electromechanical Systems
Volume 3: Tissue Models

Readers: Undergraduate and graduate students studying bioengineering, and researchers, engineers, chemists, biologists, physicists, material scientists and physicians. 

Biomimetic Neural Learning for Intelligent Robots
Stefan Wermter, Günther Palm, Mark Elshaw

July 2005, Springer, Heidelberg
ISBN: 3-540-27440-5, £40, 388 pp. Softcover

This book presents research performed as part of the EU project on biomimetic multimodal learning in a mirror neuron-based robot (MirrorBot) and contributions presented at the International AI-Workshop in NeuroBotics.  This type of robots is driven by recent new theories and experiments in neuroscience indicating that a biological and neuroscience-oriented approach could lead to new life-like robotic systems.




Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: Second  International ConferenceLiving Machines 2013

London, UK, July 29 -- August 2, 2013, Proceedings
edited by Nathan F. Lepora, Anna Mura, Holger G. Krapp, Paul F.M.J. Verschure , Tony J. Prescott
2013, Springer
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the second International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines 2013, held in London, UK, in July/August 2013




Flight Dynamics and System Identification for Modern Feedback Control: Avian-Inspired Robots
J A Grauer, J E Hubbard Jr.
2013, Woodhead Publishing
Flight dynamics and system identification for modern feedback control provides an in-depth study of the difficulties associated with achieving controlled performance in flapping-wing, avian-inspired flight, and a new model paradigm is derived using analytical and experimental methods, with which a controls designer may then apply familiar tools.





Engineered Biomimicry
edited by Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Raul Jose Martin-Palma
2013, Elsevier
Engineered Biomimicry helps physicists, engineers and material scientists seek solutions in nature to the most pressing technical

problems of our times, while providing a solid understanding of the important role of biophysics.




- Convergence of Knowledge, Technology and  Society: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive Technologies
Edited by Mihail C. Roco, William Bainbridge, Bruce Tonn, George Whitesides
2013, Springer
This volume aims to document the most important worldwide accomplishments in converging knowledge and technology, including converging platforms, methods of convergence, societal implications, and governance in the last ten years.


- Peptide Materials: From Nanostructures to Applications
Edited by Carlos Aleman, Alberto Bianco, Mariano Venanzi
2013, Wiley
Peptide Materials: From Nanostructures to Applications gives a truly interdisciplinary review, and should appeal to graduate students and researchers in the fields of materials science, nanotechnology, biomedicine and engineering as well as researchers in biomaterials and bio-inspired smart materials.


- Bio-Nanomaterials: Designing Materials Inspired by Nature
Wolfgang Pompe, Gerhard Rödel, Hans-Jürgen Weiss, Michael Mertig
2013, Wiley-VCH

Bio-nanotechnology covers the development of novel techniques and materials by making use of the inspiration derived from biomolecular structures and processes.


- Architecture Follows Nature-Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design [BOOK].
  Ilaria Mazzoleni

2013 CRC Press – 264 pages Biomimetics Series

The Properties of Animals Skins as an inspiration for Architectural design. In her book Ilaria Mazzoleni sees the animal kingdom as a source of inspiration and she highlights the concept of using biological principles to design and architecture. She explores how organisms have adapted to different environments and brings the learned principles into concepts to built environment. As an example Mazzoleni takes the diversity of animal skins and applies the principle of "body cover" to the design of "building envelope" through a series of twelve case studies.





- Biomimetics: Biologically Inspired Technologies [BOOK].
Yoseph Bar-Cohen -
 2005 CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group

The book contains pioneering approaches to biomimetics including a new perspective on the mechanization of cognition and intelligence, as well as defense and attack strategies in nature, their applications, and potential.





- The state of the art in biomimetics, Bioinspiration and Biomimetic.

Lepora N, Verschure P and Prescott T (2013). 8: 013001.

Biomimetics is a research field that is achieving particular prominence through an explosion of new discoveries in biology and engineering. The field concerns novel technologies developed through the transfer of function from biological systems. To analyze the impact of this field within engineering and related sciences, we compiled an extensive database of publications for study with network-based information analysis techniques. read more






Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems

First International Conference, Living Machines 2012, Barcelona, Spain, July 9-12, 2012, Proceedings

Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 7375
Subseries: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
Prescott, T.T.; Lepora, N.F.; Mura, A.; Verschure, P.F.M.J. (Eds.)

This book constitutes the proceedings of the First International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines 2012, held in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2012.
The 28 full papers and 33 extended abstracts presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected for inclusion in this book. The conference addresses themes related to the development of future real-world technologies which 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.


- Plants and Mechanical Motion: A Synthetic  Approach to Nastic Materials and Structures 
Edited by Norman M. Wereley, Janet M. Sater
2102, DEStech Publications, Inc.
The information in the text is meant to assist materials scientists and engineers to initiate research and design in the field of nastic materials and structures.


- Biomimetic Robotic Artificial Muscles
Kwang Jin Kim, Xiaobo Tan, Hyouk Ryeol Choi, David Pugal
2012, World Scientific Publishing Company
Biomimetic Robotic Artificial Muscles presents a comprehensive up-to-date overview of several types of electroactive materials with a view of using them as biomimetic artificial muscles. The purpose of the book is to provide a focused, in-depth, yet self-contained treatment of recent advances made in several promising EAP materials. In particular, ionic polymer-metal composites, conjugated polymers, and dielectric elastomers are considered.


- Biologically Inspired Robotics
edited by Yunhui Liu and Dong Sun
2012, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group
The book contains cutting-edge material—considerably expanded and with additional analysis—from the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO). These 16 chapters cover both biomimetics and biorobotic modeling/analysis, taking readers through an exploration of biologically inspired robot design and control, micro/nano bio-robotic systems, biological measurement and actuation, and applications of robotics technology to biological problems.



- Distributed Adaptive Control: A theory of the Mind, Brain, Body Nexus.

Verschure, P. F. M. J. (2012). Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures. 1, 55-72.

Distributed Adaptive Control (DAC) is a theory of the design principles underlying the Mind, Brain, Body Nexus (MBBN) that has been developed over the last 20 years. DAC assumes that the brain maintains stability between an embodied agent and its environment through action. It postulates that in order to act, or know how, the brain has to answer four fundamental questions: why, what, where, when. Thus the function of the brain is to continuously solve the, so called, H4W problem. read more




- Biomimetics: Nature-Based Innovation
Yoseph Bar-Cohen
2011, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group

A follow-up to Biomimetics: Biologically Inspired Technologies (2005), this comprehensive reference methodically surveys the latest advances in this rapidly emerging field.


- Biologically Inspired Approaches for Locomotion, Anomaly Detection and Reconfiguration for Walking  Robots
Bojan Jakimovski
2011, Springer
In this book several novel biologically inspired approaches for walking robots (multi-legged and humanoid) domain are introduced and elaborated.


- Biohybrid Systems: Nerves, Interfaces and  Machines
Edited by Ranu Jung
2011, Wiley-VCH

This book describes several recent advances and some of the key challenges faced by engineers and scientists developing biohybrid systems that interface nerves, muscles and machines.

- Neuromorphic and Brain-Based Robots
edited by Jeffrey L. Krichmar, Hiroaki Wagatsuma
2011, Cambridge University Press

Providing an introduction to recent advances in neuromorphic and brain-based robotics, this book explores how robots can be used to better understand the brain. It considers their use in studying how the nervous system gives rise to complex behavior and how this knowledge could be used to develop intelligent robots.


- Modelling Machine Emotions for Realizing  Intelligence: Foundations and Applications
Edited by Toyoaki Nishida, Colette Faucher
2010, Springer
This research book aims to present recent progress in modeling and synthesizing emotional intelligence.


- Potentials and Trends in Biomimetics
Arnim von Gleich, Christian Pade, Ulrich Petschow, Eugen Pissarskoi
2010, Springer
Building on case studies; analyses of literature, patents, and research networks; and interviews and workshops, information and specific findings were compiled with respect to the status of biomimetics as a research and development field, the validity of the "biomimetic promise" of ecological adaptation and low-risk biomimetic solutions, the current trends in bionics, as well as the general setting, driving forces, and obstacles in the realization of its potential for innovation.


- Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's  Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology
edited by Robert Allen
2010, University Of Chicago Press
With Bulletproof Feathers, Robert Allen brings together some of the greatest minds in the field of biomimetics to provide a fascinating overview of cutting-edge research in the field.


- Insect Biotechnology
Edited by Andreas Vilcinskas
2010, Springer

The book provides a fascinating overview about current and sophisticated developments in applied entomology that are powered by molecular biology and that can be summarized under a novel term: insect biotechnology.


- Biomimetics in Architecture: Architecture of Life
Petra Gruber
2010, Springer Vienna Architecture
Strategic search for life's criteria in architecture delivers a new view of architectural achievements and makes the innovative potential visible, which has not been exploited yet.


- Flying Insects and Robots
Edited by Dario Floreano, Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Mandyam V. Srinivasan, Charlie Ellington
2009, Springer

This book was written by biologists and engineers leading the research in this crossdisciplinary field. It examines all aspects of the mechanics, technology and intelligence of insects and insectoids.


- Bio-inspired Flying Robots: Experimental Synthesis of Autonomous Indoor Flyers
Jean-Christophe Zufferey
2008, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group
This book demonstrates how bio-inspiration can lead to fully autonomous flying robots without relying on external aids.


- Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence: Theories, Methods, and Technologies
Dario Floreano, Claudio Mattiussi
2008, The MIT Press
This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the emerging field of biologically inspired artificial intelligence that can be used as an upper-level text or as a reference for researchers.


- Handbook of Bioinspired Algorithms and Applications
edited by Stephan Olariu, Albert Y. Zomaya
2006, Chapman & Hall/CRC Taylor & Francis group
Edited by two prominent, well-respected researchers, the Handbook of Bioinspired Algorithms and Applications reveals the connections between bioinspired techniques and the development of solutions to problems that arise in diverse problem domains.



- Evolutionary Robotics: The Biology, Intelligence,  and Technology of Self-Organizing Machines
Stefano Nolfi, Dario Floreano
2004, The MIT Press

This book describes the basic concepts and methodologies of evolutionary robotics and the results achieved so far.


- Biologically Inspired Intelligent Robots
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, ‎Cynthia L. Breazeal 2003, SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering

This book reviews various aspects ranging from the biological model to the vision for the future.



- Molecular biomimetics: nanotechnology through biology.

Sarikaya, M., Tamerler, C., Jen, A.K. Y., Schulten, K., & Baneyx, F. (2003).

Nature materials, 2(9), 577-585

Proteins, through their unique and specific interactions with other macromolecules and inorganics, control structures and functions of all biological hard and soft tissues in organisms. Molecular biomimetics is an emerging field in which hybrid technologies are developed by using the tools of molecular biology and nanotechnology.  Taking lessons from biology, polypeptides can now be genetically engineered to specifically bind to   selected inorganic compounds for applications in nano- and biotechnology read more





- Neurotechnology for biomimetic robots [BOOK].

J Ayers, JL Davis, A Rudolph - 2002 - 

The goal of neurotechnology is to confer the performance advantages of animal systems on robotic machines. Biomimetic robots differ from traditional robots in that they are agile,relatively cheap, and able to deal with real-world environments. The engineering of these ...read more




- Brainware : Bio-Inspired Architecture and Its Hardware Implementation
Edited by Tsutomu Miki
2001, World Scientific Pub Co. Inc.


- Graphical Models: Foundations of Neural Computation [BOOK].

Michael Jordan and Terrence J. Sejnowski. 2001

This book exemplifies the interplay between the general formal framework of graphical models and the exploration of new algorithm and architectures. The selections range from foundational papers of historical importance to results at the cutting edge of research. read more

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