Videos

Plenary talks

A Brief History of Living Machines

Tony Prescott
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Plenary talks Living Machines 2021: Tony Prescott

This talk will trace the history of research in Living Machines from ancient times through to the present day, seeking to summarise some of the key principles, goals, and achievements of the Living Machines approach, with a focus on the role of robotics in advancing mechanistic explanations of living things including humans.

The quest for bioinspiration: from imperfect natural organisms to ....

Barbara Mazzolai
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Plenary talks Living Machines 2021: Barbara Mazzolai

Perfection is not Nature’s goal. In the 3.8 billion years, Nature has evolved and selected billions of species with those characteristics that result more suitable for their environment and more likely to survive and to sustain life for generations.

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“Biohybrid system: Closing the loop between animals and robots”

Holger Krapp
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Plenary talks Living Machines 2021: Holger Krapp

Biohybrid systems are often thought of as the result of biomimetics or bio-inspired approaches to find novel solutions for outstanding engineering problems.

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The Mind of a Living Machine

Paul Verschure
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Plenary talks Living Machines 2021: Paul Verschure

A major challenge in cognitive science and AI has been understand how autonomous agents might acquire and predict behavioral and mental states of other agents in the course of complex social interactions. How does such an agent model the goals, beliefs, and actions of other agents it interacts with? What are the computational principles to model a Theory of Mind?

Neuromechanics of Living Machines

Roger Quinn
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Plenary talks Living Machines 2021: Roger Quinn

The goal of our research is to model animal locomotion systems using computational neuromechanics and then apply their designs and even their materials to robots to improve their mechanical designs, autonomous behaviors, and locomotion.

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Bioinspired Mechanisms and Materials for Living Machines

Mark Cutkosky
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Plenary talks Living Machines 2021: Mark Cutkosky

As robots move beyond manufacturing applications to less predictable environments, they can increasingly benefit, as animals do, from integrating sensing and control with the passive properties provided by particular combinations and arrangements of materials and mechanisms.

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Workshops

Perspective for soft robotics

28 JULY 2021
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Soft Robotics Wokshop

The soft robotics workshop will be focused on answering five questions concerning the past and future of soft robots: how to produce them; make them move, sense and think; and how to educate using soft robots? With a concluding discussion about the fields challenges for the next 5 to 10 years.

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BIO-INSPIRED LOCOMOTION

28 JULY 2021
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Bio-inspired locomotion Workshop

We will bring together biologists and roboticists to explore the design and control of living machines for the purpose of locomotion in the natural world. This workshop will cover both biomechanics and neural organization, and how the systems work together to achieve effective interactions with the physical environment.

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Plant Robotics

29 JULY 2021
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Plant Robotics Workshop

This workshop is a platform for eliciting plant functions that can inspire robotics as well as hybrid systems in which living plants become a key
component interacting with artificial technologies.

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INVERTEBRATE-INSPIRED ROBOTICS

29 JULY 2021
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Invertebrate-inspired robotics Workshop

How does science on invertebrates uniquely advance robotics?

Morphology, Motion, and Minds of Invertebrate-Inspired Robots aka No Backbone, No Problem. This workshop will bring together speakers in sensing, control, and morphology of invertebrate-inspired robots to discuss 10 years of progress in invertebrate robotics and future challenges in the field.

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Neuro-Robotics

30 JULY 2021
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Neuro-Robotics Workshop

This workshop will bring together speakers on active touch and vision perception, grasping and manipulation, neuromorphic vision systems, human-robot interaction, shared control and brain-computer interface, and cognitive architectures to discuss 10-years of progress in neuro-robotics and future challenges in the field.

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Bio-Hybrid Robotics

30 JULY 2021
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Bio-Hybrid Robotics Workshop

It’s Alive!: Biohybrid robots made from living materials.  This workshop will bring together speakers in tissue-engineered biohybrid robots, bacteriobots, and cyborgs to discuss 10-years of progress in biohybrid robotics and future challenges in the field.

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