Robotics-inspired biology


Advances in all aspects of robotics (design, manufacturing, actuation, and controls) have enabled the development of bio-inspired robots that can now achieve some similar functions as their biological counterparts (the Harvard RoboBee, CMU modsnake, RHex, etc). Due to the increasing use of robots as a tool in the scientific process, a large community of biologists use sophisticated robotics hardware and principles to test biological hypotheses in control, actuation, and dynamics of organismal motion. The goal of this workshop is to facilitate interactions between these two communities—bio-inspired roboticists and robotics-enabled biologists. In particular, we hope to identify how roboticists who develop bio-inspired devices may shape new directions of biological inquiry. Furthermore, we want to understand how experiments in organismal locomotion are enabling new concepts for robot design and control. This workshop will address the commonalities and differences underlying these fields through keynote presentations from experts and a panel discussion. The goal of this workshop is to develop an appreciation for the cross-disciplinary roles of scientists and engineers in the future of robotic and biological locomotion research.

Important details

This is a one day workshop on the intersections of robotics and biology, being held at ICRA 2015, May 26th 8AM - 5PM, Seattle, Washington.

We are currently accepting 1-page abstracts for poster presentations at the workshop, see here for more info. Due date is March, 29th extended to April, 2nd., notifications by April, 7th


Registration for full-conference and workshop-only attendees is $150. If attending only the workshop you do not have to register for the conference.

Link to registration here

Poster contributions

1 Matthew Travers, Henry Astley, Perrin Schiebel, Chaohui Gong, Dan Goldman, and Howie Choset CMU Constrained Whole-Body Compliance
2 Martin Saska Czech Technical University in Prague Experimental platform of self-stabilized micro aerial vehicles designed for research of flocking behaviour in nature
3 Eatai Roth, Robert W. Hall, Thomas L. Daniel, and Simon N. Sponberg University of Washington Identifying visual and mechanosensory pathways in hawk moth flower-tracking behavior
4 Massimo Vespignani, Kamilo Melo, Stephane Bonardi, and Auke J. Ijspeert EPFL Snake robot locomotion with compliant elements
5 Mohren T.L., Eberle A.L., Dickerson B.H. and Daniel T.L. University of Washington Gyroscopic sensing by flapping wings Strain gauges encode body angular velocity
6 Manu S. Madhav, Ravikrishnan P. Jayakumar, James J. Knierim, and Noah J. Cowan Johns Hopkins University Investigation of cognitive map formation using virtual reality closed-loop control
7 Xuesu Xiao, Henry C. Astley, Jin Dai, Weikun Zhen, Chaohui Gong, Daniel I. Goldman, and Howie Choset CMU How Compound-Wave Control Alleviates Hyper-Redundant Control Complexity
8 Xichen Shi, Shripad Gade, and Soon-Jo Chung UIUC Control of Robotic Falcon to Prevent Airport Bird Strikes
9 Luca Fiorio, Francesco Romano, Alberto Parmiggiani, Giulio Sandini, Giorgio Metta, and Francesco Nori Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia An implementation of a muscle-like property in a variable stiffness actuator: the pnrVSA solution
10 Robert MacCurdy and Hod Lipson Cornell Multicellular Machines: Electromechanical Design with Heterogeneous Modules
11 Thomas Libby, Aaron M. Johnson, Robert J. Full, and D. E. Koditschek UC Berkeley Comparative Morphology of Inertial Reorientation
12 Kaushik Jayaram and Robert J. Full UC Berkeley Compressibility enables cockroach-inspired robot to crawl rapidly in confined spaces
13 Li Wen, Yueping Wang, Meng Qingan, Huan Liu, Juan Guan, Dylan Wainwright, and Chris Kenaley Beihang University, Beijing, China Morphological structure and the mechanical property of Remora (Echeneidae) adhesion disc
14 Alireza Ramezani, Xichen Shi, Soon-Jo Chung, and Seth Hutchinson UIUC Bat Bot (B2), an Articulated-Winged Bat Robot
15 Bora Banjanin Samuel A. Burden University of Washington Parsimonious predictive models for legged locomotion

Important dates Poster contributions are closed

  • March 29th extended to April, 2nd, Submission deadline
  • April 5th, Notification of acceptance


This is a workshop taking place at the upcoming ICRA 2015 robotics conference ( taking place in Seattle Washington from May 27-30 organized by,

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together roboticists and bioligists to discuss the emerging frontiers in bio and robotic locomotion science. We are soliciting abstracts for poster presentations from students and researchers in both biology and bio-inspired robotics. Link to a printable flyer poster here. This workshop is organized by