[Comp-neuro] [meetings] [LM2018] 2nd call for papers

Vasiliki Vouloutsi vvouloutsi at ibecbarcelona.eu
Tue Feb 13 12:54:52 CET 2018

Dear colleagues,
Please find below the second call for participation to the 7th edition 
of Living Machines. Apologies for cross-posting but please share this 
announcement with your colleagues.
Looking forward to seeing you in Paris!


/Second Call for Papers, Satellite Events and Sponsors/

*Living Machines VII: The 7th International Conference on Biomimetic and 
Biohybrid Systems*

*16 – 19 July 2018***

To be hosted at the Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle,

Grand Amphitéâtre du Museum,and UPMC, Paris, France, EU

Accepted papers will be published in
Springer/Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence/

Submission deadline: March 12th, 2018





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 systems.

*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 interact with their physical and social environments.

•Biomimetic computers and architectures —neuromimetic emulations of the 
physiological basis for complex adaptive behaviour.

•Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organize and 

•Nature-based designs and manufacturing processes.

•Biohybrid brain-machine interfaces and neuronal implants and 

•Artificial organs and body-parts including sensory organ-chip hybrids 
and advanced prostheses and cyber-physical systems.

•Organism-level biohybrids and symbiosis 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*, 17th to 19th July 2018,Museum 
National D’Histoire Naturelle,Grand Amphitéâtre du Museum,and 
UPMC,Paris, France, EU.

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 atÉcole Normale Supérieure, Paris.


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 16^th July atthe École Normale 
Supérieure in Paris (http://www.ens.fr/en 

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 12th, 2018 Paper submission deadline

April 28th, 2018 Notification of acceptance

May 15th, 2018 Camera-ready copy

July 16th – 19th, 2018 Workshops and 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 areencouraged to contact the organisers to discuss the terms 
of sponsorship and necessary arrangements. We also offer a number of 
attractive options to potential sponsors.


Consistent with the Living Machines’ tradition of choosing historical 
venues at the crossroads between life and human sciences, this year the 
conference will take place at theMuseum National D’Histoire 
a historical museum located in the heart of Paris that for almost 400 
years has focused on nature and its relationship with humans. The museum 
is immersed in history, yet at the heart of current affairs, and is also 
working to be projected towards the future. Poster sessions will be 
organized at UPMC.


*Organising Committee:*

*Jose Halloy*,Université Paris Diderot(Local Organizing Chair)

*Paul Verschure*, IBEC-BIST (Co-Chair)

*Tony Prescott*, University of Sheffield (Steering Committee)

*Vicky Vouloutsi,*IBEC-BIST, Barcelona (Programme Chair)

*Michael Mangan*, University of Lincoln (Programme Co-Chair)

*Nathan Lepora*, University of Bristol (Communications)

*Anna Mura*, IBEC-BIST, Barcelona (Web and Communications)

*Local**Organising Committee:*

*Stéphane Doncieux*, Prof. UMPC, ISIR

*Benoît Girard*, DR CNRS, UPMC, ISIR

*Emmanuelle Pouydebat*, DR CNRS, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle

*Vincent Bels*, Prof. Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle


Vicky Vouloutsi, PhD

Postdoc Researcher at the laboratory for Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive 
and Cognitive Systems (SPECS <http://specs-lab.com/>)
mail: vvouloutsi at ibecbarcelona.eu <mailto:vvouloutsi at ibecbarcelona.eu>
LinkedIn <https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicky-vouloutsi-28496133/>
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