[robotics-worldwide] Living Machines 2012: 4th Call for Papers, Extended Deadline 27th February

Tony Prescott t.j.prescott at sheffield.ac.uk
Fri Feb 17 16:47:38 PST 2012

4th Call for Papers for
The First International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems
9th-12th July 2012
La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain
Proceedings to be published by Springer LNCS
**Latest news: Selection of best papers to be invited for inclusion in
a special issue of the IOP Science journal Bioinspiration and
Revised submission deadline for paper submissions: 27th February 2012
Submit your paper at http://senldogo0039.springer-sbm.com/ocs/home/LM2012
(12th March for Workshop proposals)

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 development of either biomimetic or biohybrid systems requires a
deep understanding of the operation of living systems, and the two
fields are united under the theme of “living machines”—the idea that
we can construct artefacts, such as robots, that not only mimic life
but share the same fundamental principles; or build technologies that
can be combined with a living body to restore or extend its functional

Biomimetic and biohybrid technologies, from nano- to macro-scale, are
expected to produce major societal and economical impacts in quality
of life and health, information and communication technologies,
robotics, prosthetics, brain-machine interfacing and nanotechnology.
Such systems should also lead to significant advances in the
biological and brain sciences that will help us to better understand
ourselves and the natural world. The following are some examples:
•      Biomimetic robots and their component technologies (sensors,
actuators, processors) that can intelligently interact with their
•      Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organize
and self-repair.
•      Biomimetic computers—neuromimetic emulations of the
physiological basis for intelligent behaviour.
•      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, 10th–12th July, will take the form of a three-day
single-track oral and poster presentation programme that will include
six plenary lectures from leading international researchers in
biomimetic and biohybrid systems.
The proceedings of the conference will be published in the Springer
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Submissions will be in the
form of full papers or extended abstracts.
Submissions are also invited for an exhibition to feature working
biomimetic or biohybrid systems and biomimetic/biohybrid art.
Active researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems are also
invited to propose topics for 1-day tutorials or workshops on related
themes, to be held on the 9th July.
Plenary speakers are: Joseph Ayers (Northeastern University) on
synthetic neuroethology; Dieter Braun (Ludwig Maximilians University)
on synthetic life, Peter Fromherz (Max Plank Institute) on
neuroelectronic hybrids; Toshio Fukuda (Nagoya University) on
micro-nano biomimetic and biohybrid devices; David Lentink (Stanford
University)  on fluid dynamics of flight; and Barry Trimmer (Tufts
University) on soft, invertebrate-inspired robots.

The organisers are delighted to have secured La Pedrera
(www.lapedreraeducacio.org/) as the venue for our conference.  La
Pedrera, designed by the modernist, nature-inspired Catalan architect
Antoni Gaudi, is a world heritage site, and one of the best known
buildings in Barcelona.  The conference will make use of the modern
conference facilities provided by the La Pedrera Auditorium, whilst
the exhibition will take place in the adjacent Gaudi Hall.  La Pedrera
is located within the fashionable Eixample district and within walking
distance of Barcelona’s old city, including the Gotic quarter, the
cathedral, and the Playa Catalunya. The workshops/tutorial day will be
hosted at the University Pompeu Fabra, Campus Poblenou.

We invite both full papers (12 pages, LNCS format) and extended
abstracts (2 pages, LNCS format). All contributions will be refereed.
Full papers are invited from researchers at any stage in their career
but should present significant findings and advances in biomimetic or
biohybid research; more preliminary work would be better suited to
extended abstract submission. Full papers will be accepted for either
oral presentation (single track) or poster presentation. Extended
abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation only.  All
submissions must be formatted according to Springer LNCS guidelines
Submissions of papers are invited in, but not limited to, the
following topics and related areas.
Biomimetics can, in principle, extend to all fields of biological
research from physiology and molecular biology to ecology, and from
zoology to botany. Promising research areas include system design and
structure, self-organization and co-operativity, new biologically
active materials, self-assembly and self-repair, learning, memory,
control architectures and self-regulation, movement and locomotion,
sensory systems, perception, and communication. Biomimetic research,
particularly at the nano-scale, should also lead to important advances
in component miniaturisation, self-configuration, and
energy-efficiency.  A key focus of the conference will be on complete
behaving systems in the form of biomimetic robots that can operate on
different substrates on sea, on land, or in the air. A further central
theme will be the physiological basis for intelligent behaviour as
explored through neuromimetics—the modelling of neural systems.
Exciting emerging topics within this field include the embodiment of
neuromimetic controllers in hardware, termed neuromorphics, and within
the control architectures of robots, sometimes termed neurorobotics.
Biohybrid systems usually involve structures from the nano-scale
(molecular) through to the macro-scale (entire organs or body parts).
Important implementation examples are: Brain-machine interfaces where
neurons and their molecular machineries are connected to microscopic
sensors and actuators by means of electrical or chemical
communication, either in vitro or in the living organism. Intelligent
prostheses such as artificial limbs, wearable exoskeletons, or sensory
organ-chip hybrids (such cochlear implants, and artificial retina
devices) designed to assist the disabled or elderly, or to aid in
rehabilitation from illness. Implantable or portable devices that have
been fabricated for monitoring health care or for therapeutic purposes
such as artificial implants to control insulin release. Biohybrid
systems at the organism level such as robot-animal or robot-human
Contributions from biologists, neuroscientists, and theoreticians,
that are of direct relevance to the development of future biomimetic
or biohybrid devices are also welcome, as are papers considering
ethical issues and/or societal impacts arising from the advances made
in this field.

February 20th 2012. Paper submission deadline
March 12th  2012. Workshop and tutorial proposals (but please contact
us sooner if possible)
April 16th 2012. Notification of acceptance
April 30th 2012. Camera ready copy
July 9-12th 2012. Conference (9th July is workshops/tutorials)

Living Machines 2012 is sponsored by the Convergent Science Network
(CSN) for Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems which is an EU FP7 Future
Emerging Technologies Co-ordination Activity (FP7-ICT-CSN-248986). CSN
currently organises two highly successful workshop series: the
Barcelona Summer School on Brain, Technology and Cognition
(http://bcbt.upf.edu/bcbt11/) and the Capoccaccia Neuromorphic
Cognitive Engineering Workshop
(http://capocaccia.ethz.ch/capo/wiki/2011).  The conference is
delighted to be associated with the Institute of Physics journal
Biomimetics & Bioinspiration who will have a stand at meeting.
Other organisations wishing to sponsor the conference in any way and
gain the corresponding benefits by promoting themselves and their
products to through conference publications, the conference web-site,
and conference publicity are encouraged to contact the conference
organisers to discuss the terms of sponsorship and necessary

We are looking forwards to seeing you in Barcelona.

Conference Secretariat:
info.csnetwork at upf.edu
Laboratory Of Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive And Cognitive Systems - SPECS
Institute Of Audio-Visual Studies (IUA)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Communication-Poblenou Campus (La Nau Building)
Postal address: Roc Boronat, 138. 08018 Barcelona
Phone: (34) 93 542 22 01
Fax: (34) 93 542 22 02

Organising Committee:
Tony Prescott (co-chair)
Paul Verschure (co-chair)
Giacomo Indiveri
Stefano Vassanelli
Ian Gwilt
Carme Buisan
Nathan Lepora
Anna Mura
Programme Committee
Andy Adamatzky, Bristol Robotics Lab, UK
Robert            Allan, Southampton University. UK
Joseph Ayers, Northeastern University, USA
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
Jennifer Basil, Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA
Frederic Boyer, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
Dieter Braun, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
Darwin Caldwell, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Frederico Carpi, University of Pisa, Italy
Maria Chiara Carrozza, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Italy
Hillel Chiel, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Paul Cisek, University of Montreal, Canada
Anders Lyhne Christensen, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal
Roberto Cingolani, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Fred Claeyssens, University of Sheffield, UK
Noah Cowan, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Holk Cruse, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Mark Cutkosky, Stanford University, CA, USA
Paolo            Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Italy
Danilo de Rossi, University of Pisa, Italy
Mathew Diamond, International School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Stephane Doncieux, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Volker Durr, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Charles Fox, University of Sheffield, UK
Michele Giugliano, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Frank Grasso, Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA
Roderich Gross, University of Sheffield, UK
John Hallam, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Jose Halloy, Université Diderot Paris VII, France
Mitra Hartmann, Northwestern University, USA
Huosheng Hu, University of Essex, UK
Auke Ijspeert. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,Switzerland
Akio Ishiguro, Tohoku University, Japan
Serge Kernbach, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Holger            Krapp, Imperial College, London, UK
Jeff Krichmar, University of California, Irvine, USA
Maarja Kruusmaa, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
David Lane, Heriot Watt University, Scotland
Andres Diaz Lantada, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Cecilia            Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Italy
David Lentink, Wageningen University, Belgium
Nathan Lepora, University of Sheffield, UK
Giorgio Metta, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy
Ben Mitchinson, University of Sheffield, UK
Jiro Okada, Nagasaki University, Japan
Tim Pearce, University of Leicester, UK
Martin Pearson, Bristol Robotics Lab, UK
Rolf Pfeifer, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
Andy Phillipides, University of Sussex, UK
Tony Pipe, Bristol Robotics Lab, UK
Roger Quinn, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, Imperial College London, UK
Jonathan Rossiter, University of Bristol, UK
Giulio Sandini, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Thomas Schmickl, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria
Andre            Seyfarth, University of Jena, Germany
Scott Simon, University of California, Davis, USA
Mototaka Suzuki, Columbia University, USA
Roland Thewes, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Jon Timmis, University of York, UK
Julian            Vincent, University of Bath, UK
Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh, UK
Hartmut Witte, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany

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