[robotics-worldwide] Call for participation: ICRA 2011 Workshop on Bio-mimetic and Hybrid Approaches to Robotics

Bio-Mimetic & Hybrid Workshop - ICRA 2011 bio.hybrid.icra2011 at gmail.com
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*Bio-Mimetic and Hybrid Approaches to Robotics Workshop
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*2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011)*

www.icra2011.org (May 9 to 13, 2011 Shanghai, China)

http://specs.upf.edu/workshop2011

Over the last decade, there has been an increasing interest and growth in
the field of biomimetic and bio-hybrid systems. It is becoming more and more
clear that the future development of real-world technologies can strongly
depend on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying
living systems. We seek to contribute towards interdisciplinary research
involving roboticists, experimental biologists and neuroscientists with the
objective of developing novel biomimetic robotic systems and useful robotic
tools for the better understanding of biological systems and better robots.
To achieve this, some challenges have to be addressed including: the
development of a truly convergent perspective on biomimetic and biohybrid
systems that translates into effective paradigms for research and
development, a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and cross
fertilization among biology, neuroscience and robotic research fields. This
workshop will directly address these challenges and facilitate and
accelerate development of this new field of research and development. In
this way we hope to help coordinating and facilitating the development and
deployment of multidisciplinary methods, concepts and technologies to
advance the understanding and engineering of biomimetic and hybrid
biological and artificial systems. Topics can be broadly classified into
(but are not restricted to) the two categories below:

*Biological principles underlying:*

o multi-modal sensing and actuation
o behaviors like autonomous navigation
o dealing with limited resources constraints (sensory, energy,
computational)
o uncertainty management
o flexible behavior in dynamic environments
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*Research tools and robotic technologies:*

o models of hybrid animal-robot systems
o robotic actuators inspired by biological systems
o miniaturization (micro/nano robotics)
o robotic implementations of biological navigation models
o from computational neuroscience models of sensing, computation and acting
to robotic implementations
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**Primary and secondary audience*
- biomimetic roboticists
- roboticists interested in biological/neuroscientific methods of real-
world problem solving
- biologists/neuroscientists interested in robotic applications
- researchers interested in building novel robotic systems and paradigms for
hypothesis testing in neuroscience and experimental biology

*Speakers*

Dr. Noriyasu Ando, University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Sangbae Kim, MIT, USA
Prof. Hans Peter Mallot, University of Tuebingen, Germany
Prof. Mettin Sitti, Carnegie Mellon, USA
Prof. Daisuke Kurabayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. Paul Verschure, UPF Barcelona, Spain
Prof. Dario Floreano, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof. Takis Zourntos, Texas A&M, USA
Dr. Markus Knaden, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

*Call for posters*

We solicit abstract submissions (between 300 and 350 words) describing novel
models, research tools and robotic implementations along the described
research lines. Abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee and
authors of accepted abstracts are expected to register for the workshop and
present their work personally as posters at the workshop venue. Given
sufficient participation and research quality, we seek to propose a special
issue in a relevant journal including extended versions of the accepted
abstracts.

*Important dates*

*March 5 2011*: Abstract submission deadline
*March 10 2011*: Notification of acceptance
*March 15 2011*: Final version of abstract for inclusion in workshop
material CD

Abstract submission:

Please include full author list, affiliations and contact email (!) in the
abstract

email submissions to: bio.hybrid.icra2011 at gmail.com

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Organizing Committee

Biomimetic and Hybrid Approaches to Robotics Workshop
May 13 2011 at ICRA, Shanghai China

Prof. Paul Verschhure, ICREA, SPECS UPF Barcelona
Prof. Ryohei Kanzaki, University of Tokyo
Dr. Zenon Mathews, SPECS UPF Barcelona

contact organizers: bio.hybrid.icra2011 at gmail.com

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