The 2006 International Symposium for Biologically
Inspired Design in Science and Engineering was held
May 10-12 at the Global Learning Center of Georgia
Tech and brought together researchers from various
institutions, including Georgia Tech, Caltech, Case
Western, UC Berkeley, the Max Planck Institute for
Metals Research, Shandong University and the
University of Illinois. Their goal was to facilitate
the collaboration between biological scientists and
engineers to encourage innovative solutions that will
increase the efficiency, practicality, and
sustainability of human solutions.
Highlights of the conference included the work of Yoseph Bar-Cohen in electroactive polymers, Heather Luckarift and Jim Spain's research into enzyme immobilization, Robert Full's bio-inspired robots, Mitra Hartmann and novel tactile sensing systems inspired by the rat vibrissal array, the work in aquatic propulsion of both George Lauder and AnnMarie Polsenburg Thomas, and Rolf Muller's work in the biosonar-inspired design of bats.
The program guide and abstracts of these fascinating projects and the poster session can be viewed as a pdf