[robotics-worldwide] Living Machines 2013: Workshop on "Learning from the Plant Kingdom to Invent Smart Artificial Solutions"

Barbara - IIT barbara.mazzolai at iit.it
Wed Jun 5 07:51:29 PDT 2013


*FULL DAY WORKSHOP ON*

*"LEARNING FROM THE PLANT KINGDOM TO INVENT SMART ARTIFICIAL SOLUTIONS"*

*July 29, 2013 - Imperial College of London*

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(Part of the *Living Machines 2013*: The 2^nd International Conference 
on Biomimetic Robotics and Biohybrid Systems.)

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*URL: **http://www.csnetwork.eu/livingmachines/conf2013/workshop**
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*_OBJECTIVES _*

The aim of the Workshop is to present and discuss the importance of 
investigating plants for learning from their structure and behaviour, 
and for mimicking their features to develop new technologies and 
systems. Plants are the best example among living beings of efficient 
soil exploration and conquer of almost any surface of the planet. 
However plants have rarely been a source of inspiration for robotics and 
artificial intelligence, probably because of misconceptions on their 
capabilities and because of their radically different functional 
principles as compared to other living organisms. The challenge is to 
build from our understanding of plants into materials and new design 
targets, and hence new technology. In this Workshop a selected group of 
top-scientists, worldwide expert and active in the field, will 
contribute to discuss the best approaches and strategic priorities, in 
addition to identify potential application areas, in order to push the 
relevant scientific and technological frontiers of this field.

*_TOPICS_***

·Plant-inspired robotics

·Plant sensing and growth

·Fibre hierarchies in plants

·Plant-inspired actuators

·Communication in plants

·Plant-inspired evolutionary algorithms

·Plant phenotyping

·Plant-inspired adaptive structures

*_SPEAKERS AND PROGRAMME_*__

*8:40-8:50*Barbara Mazzolai and Lucia Beccai (Center for 
Micro-BioRobotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Pontedera, Italy): 
/Welcome and introduction to the Workshop/

*8:50-9:40*Barbara Mazzolai and Lucia Beccai (Center for 
Micro-BioRobotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Pontedera, Italy): 
/Robotics and ICT technologies inspired by plants/

*9:40-10:25*Stefano Mancuso (Dpt. Plant, Soil & Environment Università 
di Firenze, Italy): /Plant Computing/

/COFFEE BREAK/

*10:40-11:25*Dario Floreano (Laboratory of Intelligent Systems EPFL, 
Switzerland): /Reverse engineering of root behavior by means of 
artificial evolution/

*11:25-12:10*Simon Gilroy (Department of Botany University of Wisconsin, 
USA):/Plant sensing and growth/

*12:10-12:55*Yoël Forterre (IUSTI, CNRS and Université d'Aix-Marseille, 
France): /Slow, fast and furious: understanding the physics of plant 
movements/

/LUNCH BREAK/

*14.15-14.55 *George Jeronimidis (Centre for Biomimetics University of 
Reading, UK): /Fibres for functional integration in plants: movement and 
shape adaptation in response to stimuli/

*14.55-15.40 *Kon-Well Wang (Mechanical Engineering University of 
Michigan, USA): /Plant-inspired multifunctional adaptive structural systems/

/COFFEE-BREAK/

*16.00-16.40 *Fabio Fiorani (Inst. of Bio- and Geo-sciences, IBG2 Plant 
Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany): /Rich representation 
by non-invasive sensors provides insight into spatial and temporal 
dynamics of plant organ growth, development, and responses to 
environmental clues/

*16.40-17.25 *Virgilio Mattoli (Center for Micro-BioRobotics of 
IIT at SSSA, Pontedera, Italy): /Plant-inspired actuators/

*17:25-18:10*Camilla Pandolfi (Dpt. Plant, Soil & Environment Università 
di Firenze, Italy): /Bioinspiration from seed dispersal strategies/

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*_ORGANIZERS_
*Barbara Mazzolai and Lucia Beccai**

Coordinator and Researcher of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34

56025, Pontedera (Pisa) - Italy

http://mbr.iit.it

-- 
Barbara Mazzolai, PhD
Coordinator, Center for Micro-BioRobotics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025, Pontedera (Pisa) - Italy
Phone: +39 050 883444 Mobile: 3346541740
Fax: +39 050 883101
e-mail:barbara.mazzolai at iit.it
http://mbr.iit.it



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