MINING SMARTNESS FROM NATURE
From Bio-inspired Materials to Bionic Systems
Nature has always served as a model for mimicking and inspiration to humans in their efforts to improve their life. Indeed nature has been engineering its creations for million of years and evolution has resolved many of nature challenges leading to highly effective solutions achieved by minimal use of resources. Nowadays, where the limitations of the world’s natural resources and environment became more apparent a deeper insight into the intelligent and complex laws of nature governing biological events is a key of immense potential to discover highly effective and efficient ways in which life’s strategies can be successfully applied to human systems for long-term sustainability. Novel and efficient materials, structures, tools, mechanisms and processes have yet resulted from adapting mechanisms and capabilities from nature and more may be envisaged for the near future because of the increased understanding of the biological world, the capability to manage matter down to the atomic scale, the development of novel algorithms and theories, and the exponentially increasing power for computation and multi-scale simulation of processes, materials, structures and whole systems. Objective of this symposium is to merge biological information with materials science, engineering and medical sciences at the purpose of exploring new ideas and accomplishments, for the practice of bio-inspired design to gather momentum and offer innovative solutions. Sessions will encompass a broad spectrum of biologically inspired technologies and will cover new achievements in biological mechanisms as models for mimicking, bio-inspired materials, bio-sensors, bio-actuators, adaptive and autonomous structures, bio-inspired intelligent robots, intelligent software, systems and control, etc. for applications ranging from home, sport and leisure, to aerospace structures, medical prostheses and information technology.
Session E-2 Biomimetic materials
Session E-3 Bio-inspired sensors and actuators
Session E-4 Biologically inspired systems, and robotics
Aerial locomotion and space structures; Defence and attack mechanisms; Optical, acoustical and mechanical engineering; Information technology, electronics; Energy and environment; Civil engineering; Biotechnology; Biomedical; Transportation; Manufacturing industry; Home, sport; Leisure; Others