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July 28, 09:15 am  – 12:40 pm [CEST]

1 – “Growing structures: bioinspired innovation insights for architecture and robotics”. Barbara Mazzolai, Thomas Speck, Mirko Kovac

July 28,  9:30:00 am – 14:00 pm [CEST]

2 – “Shared workspace between humans and robots”. Apostolos Axenopoulos, Dimitrios Giakoumis, Eva Salgado, Vicky Vouloutsi, Anna Mura.


During the last decades, the fields of architecture, materials, and robotics have been increasingly enriched by the use of biomimetics and bio-inspired design. The fundamental paradigm is that key features of a large variety of organisms, such as hierarchical structure, growth, and adaptation, can be exploited for inspiring the design of innovative sustainable materials, structures, and robots. In the era of digitalization, artificial intelligence and automation, robotics, biomimetic design, and architecture are getting closer. In robotics for example, plants and animals have inspired the design of soft, multi-functional, adaptable, self-growing robotic structures, and the coordination of collective robots for autonomous building or repair. At the same time, architects are more and more interested in integrating robotic fabrication methods, additive manufacturing technologies, dynamic energy-efficient mechanisms, and robotically-augmented architecture, where constructions can adapt and evolve with the surrounding environment, and last but not least can be built in an energy and material efficient way. At the interface of biomimetics, biorobotics, and architecture, this satellite event will bring together material scientists, biologists, bioroboticists, civil engineers, and architects to present the latest innovations and trends for future sustainable building construction and maintenance. Cross-disciplinary talks will show: the form-structure-function-relationship on various hierarchical levels of biological materials and structural systems; growing and building strategies in plants and animals; plant-inspired technologies for adaptable and growing robots; biomimetic and biorobotics architectural installations and buildings; and the social implications of innovative technologies for creative arts, cultural heritage, and digital humanities. Moderated by the organizers, speakers and participants will discuss major perspectives and roadmaps, current international initiatives and projects relevant to the future urban sustainable innovation.


Barbara Mazzolai: Director, Center for Micro-BioRobotics; Principal Investigator of Bioispired Soft Robotics Research Line. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy). Email: URL:

Thomas Speck: Head, Plants Biomechanics Group, Director of the Botanic Garden and spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence livMatS, University of Freiburgh (Germany). Email: URL:

Mirko Kovac: Director, Aerial Robotics Lab; Imperial College London (United Kingdom). Head, Materials and Technology Centre of Robotics, Empa Materials Science and Technology (Switzerland). Email: URL:

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Human-robot collaboration has been recently introduced in industrial environments, where the fast and precise, but at the same time dangerous, traditional industrial robots have started being replaced with industrial collaborative robots. The rationale behind the selection of the latter is to combine the endurance and precision of the robot with the dexterity and problem-solving ability of humans. An advantage of industrial collaborative robots (or cobots) is that they can coexist with humans without the need to be kept behind fences. Cobots can be utilised in numerous industrial tasks for automated parts assembly, disassembly, inspection, and co-manipulation. The aim of this workshop is to present novel technological approaches that facilitate the collaboration between robots and humans towards solving challenging tasks, in a shared working space without fences. The workshop will leverage the results of the EU-funded project HR-Recycler, which introduces the use of industrial collaborative robots for disassembling WEEE devices, but it also welcomes contributions from projects in industrial collaborative robotics as well as the broader research community.

The workshop will cover topics related to:

  • Smart mechatronics
  • Computer vision in robot-assisted tasks
  • Human-robot collaboration
  • Safety in the workspace


– Apostolos Axenopoulos: Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – Information Technologies Institute,,
– Dimitrios Giakoumis: Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – Information Technologies Institute,,
Eva Salgado:  Etxebarria, Tecnalia,
Vicky Vouloutsi, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), SPECS -Lab,
– Anna Mura: Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), SPECS -Lab,,

                                                                                                      see full program HERE 


LM2020 Workshop Proforma download here

One-day satellite events, such as workshops, symposia, or tutorials, are to be held on the 28th of July immediately before the start of the main conference. Proposals for satellite events are invited on any theme (biomimetic, biohybrid, or both) related to the main conference. Proposals will be reviewed for

  • relevance to the themes of the conference
  • scientific and/or technical quality
  • timeliness and/or novelty 

Workshop proposals should be submitted using the included proforma by March 30th  May 15 2020.

Please submit sooner if possible. Confirmation of accepted proposals will be provided on a case-by-case basis and by mid-May at the latest. We look forward to receiving your proposal for a LM2020 satellite event. 

LM2020 Workshops Chair

Falk J. Esser
Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg, Botanical Garden University Freiburg