[Comp-neuro] LM2017 - Second Call for Papers, Satellite Events and Sponsors (7 weeks until submission deadline)

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2nd Call for Papers, Satellite Events and Sponsors
Living Machines VI: The 6th International Conference on Biomimetic and
Biohybrid Systems
25 – 28 July 2017
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Stanford will host Living Machines 2017! The 6th International Conference
on Biomimetics and Biohybrid Systems will be hosted at Stanford University,
California, US.

To be hosted at Stanford University,
Stanford, CA, USA
Accepted papers will be published in
Springer Lecturer Notes in Artificial Intelligence
Submission deadline: March 10th, 2017


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The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on
our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying living
systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial
Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the
distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The
investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals.
First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be used
to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second, biomimetic
technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient solutions to
unsolved challenges in science and engineering.
Biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological
component—an existing living system—and at least one artificial,
newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both
directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity. The
theme of the conference also encompasses biomimetic methods for
manufacture, repair and recycling inspired by natural processes such as
reproduction, digestion, morphogenesis and metamorphosis.

The following are some examples of “Living Machines” as featured at past
•     Biomimetic robots and their component technologies (sensors,
actuators, processors) that
can intelligently interact with their environments.
•     Biomimetic computers—neuromimetic emulations of the physiological
basis for intelligent behaviour.
•     Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organize and
•     Nature-inspired designs and manufacturing processes.
•     Biohybrid brain-machine interfaces and neural implants.
•     Artificial organs and body-parts including sensory organ-chip hybrids
and intelligent prostheses.
•     Organism-level biohybrids such as robot-animal or robot-human systems.

The main conference will take the form of a three-day single-track oral and
poster presentation programme, 26th to 28th July 2017, hosted at Stanford
University, California, USA.
The conference programme will include five plenary lectures from leading
international researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems, and the
demonstrations of state-of-the-art living machine technologies.
The full conference will be preceded by up to two days of Satellite Events
hosted at Stanford University.

We invite both full papers and extended abstracts in areas related to the
conference themes. All contributions will be refereed and accepted papers
will appear in the Living Machines Proceedings, published in the
Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.
Full papers (minimum 8 pages, up to 12 pages) are invited from researchers
at any stage in their career and should present significant findings and
advances in biomimetic or biohybrid research. More preliminary work is
better suited for short paper submission (minimum 4 pages, with a maximum
of ten references and no more than three self-citations). Full papers will
be accepted for either oral presentation (single track) or poster
presentation with a short podium preview. Extended abstracts will be
accepted for poster presentation only.
Authors of the best full papers will be invited to submitted extended
versions of their paper for publication in a special issue of the Taylor &
Francis journal Connection Science.

Satellite events
Active researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems are invited to
propose topics for full or half-day tutorials, symposia or workshops on
related themes to be held on the 25th July at Stanford University.
Attendance at satellite events will attract a small fee intended to cover
the costs of the meeting. There is flexibility about the content,
organisation, and budgeting for these events. Please contact us if you are
interested in organising a satellite event!

March 10th, 2017 Paper submission deadline
April 28th, 2017 Notification of acceptance
May 15th, 2017 Camera ready copy
July 25th - 28th  2017 Conference

Organisations wishing to sponsor the conference in any way and gain the
corresponding benefits by promoting themselves and their products through
conference publications, conference events, and conference publicity are
encouraged to contact the organisers to discuss the terms of sponsorship
and necessary arrangements. We offer a number of attractive options to
potential sponsors:

Living Machines 2017 will be hosted at Stanford University a world leading
research University that this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Stanford is located in California's Bay Area, one of the most
intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the US.

Organising Committee:
Mark Cutkosky, Stanford University (Local Organizing Chair)
Paul Verschure, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Co-Chair)
Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield (Co-chair)
Michael Mangan, University of Lincoln (Programme Chair)
Marc Desmulliez, Heriott Watt University, Scotland (Steering Committee)
Anna Mura, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Web and Communications)
Nathan Lepora, University of Bristol (Communications)
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