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Living organisms have been a great source of inspiration for engineers to develop actuators, sensors, devices, and robots. Studying the natural phenomena of living organisms allows us to understand and copy their structures and functions at different scales. Ideas gleaned from the principles of biological systems can also be used to develop new technologies and devices that mimic or even surpass biological models. Advances in biofabrication are fostering the development of biohybrid systems based on extracted or engineered tissues. The merging of physiology and miniature electronics allows us to use living organisms as biohybrid robots by tapping into their sensing capabilities, and/or stimulating their neuromuscular or neural areas to drive motor actions for desired behaviors. The development of the fields of biomimetics, bioinspired and biohybrid systems requires the collaboration of scientists and engineers from different disciplines, as well as the training of a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers with expertise in different disciplines such as biology, chemistry, medicine, materials science, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, optics and robotics. Therefore, the goal of this workshop is to foster interaction between scientists and engineers from different fields and different career stages. In particular, we hope to provide the audience with a general picture of how biological subjects are investigated, how systems can be developed at different scales using various approaches such as bioinspiration, biomimetics, and biohybrid. We will also provide information on current trends and future directions through keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Topics of interest

  • Bioinspiration
  • Biomimetics
  • Biohybrid (cyborg)
  • Biofabrication
  • Micro/Nano robots
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology

This workshop is organized by experts working on bioinspired, biomimetic and biohybrid systems worldwide. It will include keynote lectures by well-known experts, flash talks and posters by young scientists, and will allow active discussions and exchanges between researchers from different fields. The workshop will be attractive to both biologists and engineers. While engineers can learn from biologists about structures, functions, and physiology of living organisms to develop biomimetic, bioinspired, and biohybrid devices, biologists can use artificial robots to investigate and verify biological functions of living organisms. In addition, biologists and engineers can collaborate to develop innovative tools and methods for deciphering biological organisms and building advanced bioinspired or biohybrid systems. Thus, this workshop will serve as a catalyst for many potential collaborations among organizers, speakers, and participants. In addition, we hope that this workshop can inspire many young researchers to follow an interdisciplinary path that will help to shape the new driving forces for the future development of bio-inspired and biohybrid systems.