Overall Program

Detailed Program

June 6 (Tue.)

13:50 - 14:00 Opening Remarks
14:00 - 15:00 Plenary Talk 1
  • Adaptive behavior of animals learned from echolocation in bats
    Shizuko Hiryu (Doshisha University)
15:00 - 15:20 Break
15:20 - 17:20 Session 1B
Organized Session: Comprehensive biomimetics - decoding functionality of animal body by collaboration between anatomy and robotics
  • 1B-1: Bird-inspired mechanical toe- and leg-joint coordination
    Alexander Spröwitz (Max Planck Institute)
  • 1B-2: Exploring Design Principle Underlying Polysemantic Forelimb of Carnivoran Mammals
    Akira Fukuhara (Tohoku University)
  • 1B-3: A comprehensive model for reproducing the passive dynamics of limbs in walking and running horses
    Yoichi Masuda (Osaka University)
  • 1B-4: The nuchal ligament in Tetrapods: anti-gravity mechanism for supporting the head and neck
    Megu Gunji (Toyo University)
  • 1B-5: A Passive Interlocking Mechanism in Crocodilian Hindlimb
    Tetsuya Kinugasa (Okayama University of Science)
  • 1B-6: Musculoskeletal robots using thin McKibben artificial muscles
    Hiroyuki Nabae (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
17:30 - Welcome reception

June 7 (Wed.)

09:00 - 10:00 Plenary Talk 2
  • Bio-inspired Drones for Sustainability
    Mirko Kovac (Imperial College London / Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa))
10:00 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 12:25 Session 2A
Organized Session: Beyond aerodynamics - the role of mechanics, materials, and morphing in flight
  • 2A-1: The mechanics of spring-wing flight and self-excited oscillations in insects and robots
    Nick Gravish (University of California San Diego) and Simon Sponberg (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • 2A-2: Measurement and modeling of thoracic indirect flight system of hawkmoths
    Noriyasu Ando (Maebashi Institute of Technology)
  • 2A-3: Thoracic mechanics enable rapid flight control
    Tanvi Deora (University of Washington)
  • 2A-4: The landscape of insect flight motor resonance
    Arion Pons (Chalmers University of Technology)
  • 2A-5: Wing Morphing for Agile and Resilient Drones
    Dario Floreano (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)
12:25 - 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 - 18:00 Poster Session and Robot Zoo
  • Core time A: 14:30-15:20
  • Core time B: 15:20-16:10
  • Core time C: 16:10-17:00
  • Free discussion: 17:00-18:00

June 8 (Thu.)

09:00 - 10:00 Plenary Talk 3
  • Mechanical design, manufacturing, and control for bio-inspired soft-bodied robots
    Takuya Umedachi (Shinshu University)
10:00 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 12:00 Session 3A
  • 3A-1: A Framework for Animal and Robot Modeling and Simulation
    Jonathan Arreguit (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)
  • 3A-2: Extricating top-down control from sensory feedback in elongate swimming fishes
    Emily Standen (University of Ottawa)
  • 3A-3: To Move a Snake: Insights into the Musculoskeletal Function of Snakes and Consequences for Locomotion
    Henry C Astley (The University of Akron), Jessica L Tingle (The University of Akron), Derek J Jurestovsky (The University of Akron, Pennsylania State University)
  • 3A-4: Recovery of locomotor movements after complete spinal cord injury in salamanders
    Dimitri Ryczko (Université de Sherbrooke)
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:40 Session 3B
  • 3B-1: Genetic dissection of locomotor circuits in Drosophila melanogaster
    Ryo Minegishi (The University of Queensland)
  • 3B-2: The multiple locomotion gaits of the mole cricket
    Amir Ayali (Tel Aviv University), Aviamir Amir (Tel Aviv Universitym)
  • 3B-3: Bio-Inspired Neural Control for Adaptive Motion: From Animals to Machines
    Poramate Manoonpong (Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology)
  • 3B-4: Insect-computer hybrid systems: Concept, achievements, applications, and challenges
    Nguyen Huu Duoc (Nanyang Technological University)
15:40 - 18:00 Poster Session and Robot Zoo (additional time)
18:30 - 20:30 Banquet (Kobe Cruise from Kobe Harborland)

June 9 (Fri.)

09:00 - 10:00 Plenary Talk 4
  • Triadic relationship among body states, social behaviour, and group structure: A lesson from crows
    Eiichi Izawa (Keio University)
10:00 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 12:00 Session 4A
  • 4A-1: Molecular and neural mechanisms underlying efficient pheromone source localization in the silkmoth Bombyx mori
    Takeshi Sakurai (Tokyo University of Agriculture)
  • 4A-2: Decentralization in Deep Reinforcement Learning for Adaptive Locomotion
    Malte Schilling (University of Münster)
  • 4A-3: Fabrication of biological oscillators and patterns
    Hiroshi Ito (Kyushu University)
  • 4A-4: Self-Organizing Modeling of Shepherding Controller using GMDH
    Yusuke Tsunoda (Osaka University)
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:40 Session 4B
  • 4B-1: TBA
    Hidemitsu Furukawa (Yamagata University)
  • 4B-2: Open Loop Versus Closed Control for High Biofidelity Robotic Simulations in Palaeontology
    William Sellers (The University of Manchester)
  • 4B-3: Robust running in birds and bots: Integration of mechanics and control for robustly stable and agile bipedal locomotion
    Monica Daley (University of California Irvine)
  • 4B-4: Decoding Body and Brain Language in Legged Locomotion
    Maziar Sharbafi (The Technical University of Darmstadt)
15:40 - Closing Remarks, Award Ceremony and Farewell