[Comp-neuro] Living Machines: Call for participation in conference, exhibition and workshops

Nathan F Lepora n.lepora at sheffield.ac.uk
Thu Jun 20 17:52:58 CEST 2013


Call for Participation in Conference, Exhibition and Workshops
Living Machines: The 2nd International Conference on Biomimetic Robotics
and Biohybrid Systems.
A Convergent Science Network Event

29th July to 2nd August 2013
Natural History Museum, London

News & Highlights

* Extended deadline for early registration, now June 30th, 2013.
* Very last chance to book good value, local conference accommodation at
Imperial College, any un-reserved rooms will be released on June 21st.
* Main conference programme now online, 5 plenary talks, 18 single-track
oral presentations, 47 posters.
* 25 exhibits for the exhibition from biomimetic robots to biohybrid
clothing to computer art, including live robot performance.  The evening
reception for the exhibition can now be booked as a separate event.
* 5 satellite workshops also available for registration as separate events,
topics include the self, emergence, plant-like robots, neuromorphic
engineering, societal impacts.

* LM2012 proceedings in the top 25% of Springer LNAI volumes for downloads
in the last 12 months.
* Significant media interest in our events, press passes available.
* New journal “Soft Robotics” to be launched at LM2013

Contact living-machines at sheffield.ac.uk for all enquiries.


The 2nd International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid systems
comprises a week of events including 2.5 days of single-track oral
presentations with five plenary speakers; a 1-day exhibition that will
include a range of novel biomimetic and biohybrid technologies many of
which have not been exhibited in public before; and five satellite
workshops on themes ranging from artificial “selves” to the societal
impacts of living machines.

We wish to draw particular attention to the exhibition, which can be
registered for independently of the main conference. Current highlights of
the exhibition include:

• A live musical performance featuring a humanoid robot
• Mammal-like robots with whiskered touch systems
• A Robot swarm whose behaviour is more than the sum of its parts
• A robot model of ‘trace’ fossils from the dawn of life
• Music composed by a bio-inspired computer programme that mimics natural
• Plant-like robots that grow and change shape
• Biomimetic medical devices
• A robot that powers itself by digesting insects
• Micro-flying robots
• Robothespian—an interactive multi-lingual humanoid
• Wearable computing for finding your way in darkness
• Biohybrid clothing made with amoebas

In addition to the active, and interactive, exhibits there will be a buffet
dinner and complementary wine and drinks.  We hope you will join us for the
exciting and futuristic science & technology event!

The conference registration site is open.  Please register soon to take
advantage of early registration, which has been extended due to delays with
finalising the conference program—deadline June 30th

Conference accommodation is also available through the conference
registration site, at Imperial College London from 70 GBP per night. If
attendees wish to take advantage of these favourable rates they should book
by Friday 21st June, after which the rooms held back in reserve will be

**Program now available online**

The main conference will take the form of a single-track oral presentation
programme, 30th July to midday 1st August 2013 that will include five
plenary lectures from leading international researchers in biomimetic and
biohybrid systems.  Agreed speakers are:

Mark Cutkosky, Stanford University (Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation);
Terrence Deacon, University of California, Berkeley (Natural and Artificial
Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, Imperial College London (Biomimetics for
medical devices);
Robert Full, University of California, Berkeley (Locomotion);
Andrew Pickering, University of Exeter (History of living machines).

There will also be 18 regular talks, and a 3 hour poster session (afternoon
of August 1st) featuring 47 posters. Particular themes include:

Biomimetic robotics
Biohybrid systems including biological-machine interfaces
Neuromimetic systems
Active sensing in vision and touch
Social robotics
Embodied robotics
Biomimetics of plants

**Programs now available online**

In addition to the main conference there are two further days of workshops,
each with their own full program that can be found on the Living Machines

Monday 29th July
Self and cognitive systems (organizers Peter Ford Dominey and Paul
Learning from the Plant Kingdom to Invent Smart Artificial Solutions
(organizers Barbara Mazzolai and Lucia Beccai)

Friday 2nd August

Neuromorphic models, circuits, and emerging nano-technologies for real-time
neural processing systems (organizers Giacomo Indiveri and Themistoklis
Emergent social behaviours in bio-hybrid systems (organizers Jose Halloy,
Thomas Schmickl and Stuart Wilson)
Societal impacts of Living Machines (organizers Tony Prescott and Michael

Attendance at satellite events will attract a small fee intended to cover
the costs of the meeting.  We have reserved meeting rooms at Imperial
College London to host the satellites each with capacity for up to 40
people.  Please book early.  Separation registration for satellite events
is possible.


The organisers are delighted to have secured the Flett Theatre at the
Natural History Museum in London as the main venue for our conference.  The
NHM is an international centre for the study of the natural world featuring
many important biological collections. The exhibition and poster session on
Thursday 1st will be hosted at the nearby Science Museum, and the satellite
events at Imperial College London.  All three venues are conveniently
located within a short walking distance of each other in South Kensington,
the Museum district of the UK capital, and close to many of London’s
tourist sights.


June 21, 2013 Un-reserved accommodation released.
June 30, 2013 Extended deadline for early registration.
July 29-August 2nd 2013 Conference

We are looking forwards to seeing you in London.

Organising Committee:

Tony Prescott (co-chair)
Paul Verschure (co-chair)
Nathan Lepora (programme chair)
Holger Krapp (workshops & symposia)
Anna Mura (web-site)

Conference Secretariat:

living-machines at sheffield.ac.uk
c/o Gill Ryder,

Sheffield Centre for Robotics

Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield, S10 2TN
United Kingdom
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