[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Winter School "From bio-inspired to bio-hybrid (robotic) systems"

Francesco Mondada Francesco.Mondada at epfl.ch
Fri Nov 27 06:35:11 PST 2015

Winter School

From bio-inspired to bio-hybrid (robotic) systems

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 12.-14, 2016

The goal of the winter school is to present the transition from bio-inspired systems, that are focused on developing technology, to bio-hybrid systems, where technology is in symbiosis with living systems. These bio-hybrid systems can make the best use of the properties of both components: biological and technological. For this, both systems and their interactions need to be modeled, in a more detailed way than for bio-inspired systems. During the school, examples will come from hybrid systems involving robots and bees, fish and plants. The school will consist of four main parts: preparation (article reading), lectures, practicals, and a reporting for students who would like to submit the result of their practical work for evaluation.


• The biology of bees-robot interaction (University of Graz – Artificial Life Lab)
• The technology of bees-robot interaction (University of Zagreb – LARICS)
• The biology of fish-robot interaction (Université Paris Diderot – LIED)
• The technology of fish-robot interaction (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – LSRO)
• Approaches to plant-robot interaction (University of Graz – Artificial Life Lab)
• Approaches to animal-robot interaction (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa -- BioISI)


- Implement the Beeclust algorithm in the ASSISI Playground simulator 
- Implement "Bee" counting/density estimation 
- Communication layer between the Thymio-bee and zebrafish setups 
- Automatic ethogram for zebrafish
- Agent-based fish models / multi-species simulation 
- Plants models in robotics

Involvement of participants

We expect from each participant the following effort:
-       Preparation work: 6 paper reading (10 hours)
-       Talks (6 hours)
-       Practicals (17 hours)
-       Analysis and reporting (17 hours)
Total: 50 hours (equivalent to 2 credits)

Practical issues

Lectures and practicals will take place from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 18:00 at EPFL (http://www.epfl.ch). The winter school will provide coffee breaks. Travel, accommodation and meals are in charge of the participants. Accepted participants will have to pay in advance a fee of 50 CHF.


Students interested in participating should submit their CV and a short motivation letter to Francesco.Mondada at epfl.ch by December 6, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 11, 2015. The number of participants will be limited to the available places for the practicals.

Prof. Francesco Mondada
Mobile robots architecture & design

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)

Postal address:
Francesco Mondada 
bureau MEB3426, Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

tel: +41 21 693 73 57
fax: +41 21 693 78 07

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