Hirotaka Sato
Professor, Provost’s Chair
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Webpage:   https://hirosatontu.wordpress.com/
ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4634-1639
Research Interests
Insect-computer hybrid robots, Bio-interface, MEMS, Wireless communication device, Neuromuscular physiology, Surface finishing, Fuel cell, Electrochemistry, Electrochemical plating/polishing, Electroless plating.

Selected papers
Tran-Ngoc, P.T., et al. Intelligent Insect–Computer Hybrid Robot: Installing Innate Obstacle Negotiation and Onboard Human Detection onto Cyborg Insect, Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2200319 (2023) 

Cao, F., Sato, H., Insect-computer Hybrid Robot Achieves a Walking Gait Rarely Seen in Nature by Replacing the Anisotropic Natural Leg Spines with Isotropic Artificial Leg Spines. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 35, 4, 1034-1038 (2020)

Li,Y., Wu, J., Sato, H. Feedback control-based navigation of a flying insect-machine hybrid robot. Soft Robotics 5(1), 365-374 (2018)

Ritu Raman
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Webpage:   RamanLab.mit.edu
ORCID ID:   0000-0001-8657-9815
Research Interests
biohybrid robotics, biofabrication, tissue engineering, neuromuscular motor control

Selected Papers
Raman, R., (2019). Modeling muscle: A biohybrid machine offers insight into muscle growth, adaptation, and repair. Science, 363(6431). *Sartorius & Science Prize Essay

Raman, R., Cvetkovic, C., and Bashir, R., (2017). A Modular Approach to Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Muscle-Powered Biological Machines. Nature Protocols, 12(3), pp.519-533. *Cover

Raman, R., Cvetkovic, C., Uzel, S.G.M., Platt, R.J., Sengupta, P., Kamm, R.D., and Bashir, R., (2016). Optogenetic skeletal muscle-powered adaptive biological machines. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(3), pp.3497-3502.

Victoria Webster-Wood

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Research Interest
Biohybrid robotics, 3D bioprinting, computational neuroscience, bio-inspired robotics, biomaterials, soft robotics

Selected Papers
Sun, W., Tashman, J. W., Shiwarski, D. J., Feinberg, A. W. & Webster-Wood, V. A. Long-Fiber Embedded Hydrogel 3D Printing for Structural Reinforcement. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 8, 303–313 (2022).

Webster-Wood, V. A., Gill, J. P., Thomas, P. J. & Chiel, H. J., “Control for Multifunctionality: Bioinspired Control Based on Feeding in Aplysia californica”, Biological Cybernetics, Volume 114, pages 557–588. December 2020.

Webster-Wood, V. A., Akkus, O., Gurkan, U. A., Chiel, H. J. & Quinn, R. D., “Organismal engineering: Toward a robotic taxonomic key for devices using organic materials,” Science Robotics, vol. 2, no. 12, pp. eaap9281, 2017.

Barani Raman
Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Webpage:   http://ramanlab.wustl.edu/
ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7866-155X
Research Interests
Computational and systems neuroscience, insect-based bio-robotics, machine learning, machine olfaction and dynamical systems.

Selected Papers
Explosive sensing with insect-based biorobots, Biosensors and Bioelectronics: X, vol. 6, 1 December 2020, 100050.

Dynamic contrast enhancement and flexible odor codes, Nature Communications, 9, article number: 3062, August 2018

A spatiotemporal coding mechanism for background invariant recognition of odors, Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 16, pp. 1830-1839, 2013.

Holger Krapp
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London,UK
Webpage: https://hkrapp.bg-research.cc.ic.ac.uk
Research Interests
Insect sensorimotor control, Sensor fusion, Integrated control design

Selected Papers
Hardcastle B.J., Bierig K., Hernandez Heras F.J., Schwyn, D., Longden K.D. and Krapp, H.G.: Passive inertial damping improves high-speed gaze stabilization in hoverflies. (under review – bioRxiv 2021)

Huang, J.V., Wei, Y. and Krapp H.G.: Biohybrid Fly-Robot Interface system performs active collision avoidance in corners. Journal of Bioinspirations and Biomimetics, 14(6), 065001. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/ab3b23 (2019)

Hardcastle B.J. and Krapp H.G.: Evolution of gaze stabilization. Current Biology, 26(20), R1010-1021 (2016). 

Graham Taylor
Department of Biology
University of Oxford, UK
Webpage: https://flight.zoo.ox.ac.uk
Research Interests
Animal flight, Evolutionary Biomechanics, Sensory Physiology, Bio-inspired Vision, Autonomous Systems

Selected Papers
KleinHeerenbrink, M., France, L.A., Brighton, C.H., Taylor, G.K. (2022). Optimization of avian perching manoeuvres. Nature 607, 91-96. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-04861-4.

Miñano, S., Golodetz, S., Cavallari, T., Taylor, G.K. (2023). Through hawks’ eyes: synthetically reconstructing the visual field of a bird in flight. Int. J. Comput. Vis. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11263-022-01733-2.

Mohamed, A., Taylor, G.K., Watkins, S., Windsor, S.P. (2022). Opportunistic soaring by birds suggests new opportunities for atmospheric energy harvesting by flying robots. J. R. Soc. Interface 19, 20220671 https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2022.0671.

Alireza Ramezani
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University, USA
Webpage: https://web.northeastern.edu/silicon-synapse/
ORCID ID:  0000-0002-3391-5288
Research Interests
Design and development of robots with nontrivial morphologies; Analysis and closed-loop feedback design of nonlinear systems; Robot locomotion (legged & fluidic-based); Robotics-inspired biology

Selected Papers
A. Ramezani, S.-J. Chung, and S. Hutchinson, ”A biomimetic robotic platform to study flight specializations of bats,” Science (Robotics-AAAS), volume 2, issue 3, pages: eaal2505, February 2017 (cover article).

K. Kim, P. Spieler, E. Lupu, A. Ramezani, and S.-J. Chung, ”LEONARDO: A synchronized multi-modal robot for aerial and legged locomotion,” Science (Robotics-AAAS), volume 6, issue 59, pages: eabf8136, October 2021 (cover article).

Sabine Hauert
Associate Professor (Reader)
University of Bristol, UK
Webpage: https://hauertlab.com
Research Interests
Swarm robotics, micro and nano swarms, bio-inspired robotics.

Selected papers
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Simone Schürle
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences and Technology
ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Webpage: https://rbsl.ethz.ch/
ORCID ID:  0000-0001-5693-1603
Research Interests
Micro-and nanorobots, biosensing, tissue probing, drug delivery

Selected Papers
T. Gwisai, N. Mirkhani, M. G. Christiansen, T. T. Nguyen, V. Ling, S. Schuerle, “Magnetic torque-driven living microrobots for enhanced tumor infiltration”, Science Robotics 7 (71), 2022, eabo0665

N. Mirkhani, M. G. Christiansen, S. Schuerle, “Living, self-replicating ferrofluids for fluidic transport”, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2003912, 2020 (Cover)

S. Schuerle, A. P. Soleimany, T. Yeh, G. Anand, M. Haeberli, H. E. Fleming, N. Mirkhani, F. Qiu, S. Hauert, X. Wang, B. J. Nelson, S. N. Bhatia*, “Synthetic and living micropropellers for convection-enhanced nanoparticle transport”, Sci. Adv., vol. 5, no. 4, eaav4803, 2019

Frederik Püffel
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London,UK
Webpage: https://evo-biomech.ic.ac.uk/
ORCID ID:  0000-0002-3917-0942
Research Interests
Biomechanics, functional morphology, cutting mechanics, biomimetics, social insects, polyethism

Selected papers
Püffel, F., Johnston, R., & Labonte, D. (2023). A biomechanical model for the relation between bite force and mandibular opening angle in arthropods. Royal Society Open Science, 10(2), 221066.

Püffel, F., Pouget, A., Liu, X., Zuber, M., van de Kamp, T., Roces, F., & Labonte, D. (2021). Morphological determinants of bite force capacity in insects: a biomechanical analysis of polymorphic leaf-cutter ants. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 18(182), 20210424.

Anibal Ollero
Professor and Director of the Robotics Laboratory GRVC
ETS Ingeniería
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Webpage: https://grvc.us.es/newweb/head-of-the-laboratory/
ORCID ID:  0000-0003-2155-2472
Research Interests
Aerial Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Aerial Manipulation, Flapping-wing Robots

Selected papers

Zufferey, R., Barbero, J. T., Talegon, D. F., Nekoo, S. R., Acosta, J. A., & Ollero, A.. “How ornithopters can perch autonomously on a branch”. Nature Communications, Nature Communications volume 13, Article number: 7713, 2022

Rodríguez-Gómez, J.P., Tapia, R., Guzmán, M.M., M. de Dios, J.R. & Ollero, A. “Free as a Bird: Event-based Dynamic Sense-and-Avoid for Ornithopter Robot Flight”. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2022.

Ollero, A., Tognon, M., Suarez, A., Lee, D. & Franchi, A.” Past, Present, and Future of Aerial Robotic Manipulators”. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 2021.

Mariana Medina Sánchez
Group Leader of the Micro- and Nanobiomedical Engineering Group
Leibniz IFW Dresden e.V., Germany
Webpage:https://www.mnbe.org/ Link2
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6149-3732
Research Interests
Biosensing, Microfluidics, Microrobotics, Assisted Fertilization, Drug Delivery

Selected papers
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R Nauber, SR Goudu, M Goeckenjan, M Bornhäuser, C Ribeiro, M Medina-Sánchez, “Medical microrobots in reproductive medicine from the bench to the clinic” Nature Communications 14 (1), 728

M Medina-Sánchez, OG Schmidt, “Medical microbots need better imaging and control” Nature 545 (7655), 406

M Medina-Sánchez, L Schwarz, AK Meyer, F Hebenstreit, OG Schmidt  “Cellular cargo delivery: Toward assisted fertilization by sperm-carrying micromotors” Nano Letters 16 (1), 555-561