Robotics-inspired biology


Advances in robot design, actuation, and control have benefitted from biological inspiration. Furthermore, many scientists interested in understanding how animals move are turning to robots to test hypotheses. The goal of this workshop is to facilitate interactions between these two communities: bio-inspired roboticists and robotics-inspired biologists. We will hold a one day workshop to bring together robotics and biologically minded scientists and engineers who all share one common theme: how does movement emerge from the interactions of complex actuators, mechanisms, and control systems. This workshop will address the commonalities and differences underlying these fields through keynote presentations from experts and a panel discussion. We hope to develop an appreciation for the cross-disciplinary roles of scientists and engineers in the future of robotic and biological locomotion research.

This is planned for a full day workshop on the intersections of robotics and biology, being held at IROS 2020 in las Vegas, NV, USA. We will accept 1-page abstracts for poster presentations (see here). Researchers who work in the areas of bio-inspired robotics, robotics-inspired biology, or anywhere in between are encouraged to apply!


Previous Robotics-Inspired Biology workshops


Registration for full-conference and workshop-only attendees is between $125 and $250 depending on affiliation and date of registration.

Link to registration here

Invited speakers

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We are pleased to invite contributions of 1 page abstracts for poster presentations of research in the theme of Robotics-inspired biology. Abstracts should be submitted in the form of a 1-page PDF and will be posted on the workshop website after selection. The selected contributions will be presented as posters during the final portion of the workshop. The best poster submissions will be selected for short 3-minute lightning talks. We particularly encourage young scientists, from both biology and robotics backgrounds to attend and interact. Submissions should be sent in an email with the subject line "IROS 2020 poster submission" to

Abstract format: compile abstract into a single column 1-page PDF using either latex (preferred) or word.

Templates can be found here:



This is a workshop taking place at the upcoming IROS 2020 robotics conference ( taking place in Las Vega, NV, USA. For information contact

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.