2006 Symposium

symposium poster

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

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biomimicry defined

Neurotechnology for Biomimetic Robots(Bradford Books)

by Joseph Ayers

Ayers_Biomimetic Robots

The goal of neurotechnology is to confer the performance advantages of animal systems on robotic machines. Biomimetic robots differ from traditional robots in that they are agile, relatively cheap, and able to deal with real-world environments.

human plus nature

The technology associated with the development of robots is becoming more dependent on biomimetics and biologically inspired designs. As engineers move from the world of large, stiff, right-angled pieces of metal to one of small, compliant, curved-surface pieces of heterogeneous parts, nature will become a more influential teacher.

Frank Fish