The main conference will take the form of a three-day single-track oral and poster presentation programme, 29th to 31st July 2015, hosted at La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain.

The conference programme includes 5 plenary lectures from leading international researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems, and the demonstrations of state-of-the-art living machine technologies.

There will also be regular Talks of 30 min, Poster Spotlights of 5 min, and Poster Sessions of 1h featuring the posters. Robot and media demos are also part of the programme.

The full conference will be preceded by 1-2 days Satellite Events to be hosted at the University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona


WEDNESDAY 29 July             

8:00-9:00 REGISTRATION             
8:30 WELCOME   
9:00 -10:00  PLENARY LECTURE 1  Animals as models for robot mobility and autonomy:  Crawling, walking, running, climbing, and flying. Roger Quinn        
10:00 Talk 1 - Locomotion             
A model of larval biomechanics reveals exploitable passive properties for efficient locomotion             
Dylan Ross, Konstantinos Lagogiannis, Barbara Webb               
10:30 Talk 2 - Locomotion             
Dynamic Walking with a Soft Limb Robot.             
Yasmin Ansari, Ali Leylavi Shoushtari, Vito Cacucciolo, Matteo Cianchetti, Cecilia Laschi             
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break             
11:30 Talk 3   Locomotion             
Worm-like Robotic Locomotion with a Compliant Modular Mesh.             
Andrew  Horchler , Akhil Kandhari, Kathryn Daltorio, Kenneth Moses, Kayla Andersen, Hillary Bunnelle, Joseph Kershaw, William Tavel, Richard Bachmann, Hillel Chiel, Roger Quinn              
12:00 Talk 4   Locomotion             
WormTIP: An Invertebrate inspired active Tactile Imaging Pneumostat.             
Andrew Hinitt, Jonathan Rossiter, Andrew Conn        
12:30 POSTER SPOTLIGHTS 1        
POSTER SESSION 1             
13:30-15:00  Lunch Break        
15:00 Talk 5    Locomotion:         
An Energetically-Autonomous Robotic Tadpole with Single Membrane Stomach and Tail.             
Hemma Philamore, Jonathan Rossiter, Ioannis Ieropoulos.      
15:30 Talk 6    Locomotion             
Copying nature - a design of hyper-redundant robot joint/support based on hydrostatic skeleton afolayan            
Matthew Olatunde     
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break             
16:30-17:30 PLENARY LECTURE 2   From plants and animals to robots: movement, sensing and control
. Barbara Mazzolai
17:30-18:30  PANEL DISCUSSION 1           
18:30 RECEPTION              
THURSDAY July 30     
9:00-10:00 PLENARY LECTURE 3  Neuromorphic Event-based time oriented vision: A framework to unify computational and biological vision. Ryad Benosman          
10:00 Talk 7 Sensing and control:             
Wings of a Feather Stick Together: morphing wings with barbule-inspired latching.           
Aimy Wissa, Kyungwon Amy Han, Mark Cutkosky        
10:30 Talk 8   Sensing and control:             
Obstacle-avoidance navigation by an autonomous vehicle inspired by a bat biosonar strategy.             
Yasufumi Yamada, Kentaro Ito, Arie Oka, Shinichi Tateiwa, Tetsuo Ohta, Ryo Kobayashi, Shizuko Hiryu, Yoshiaki Watanabe            
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break             
Talk 9 Sensing and control:             
Development of Piezoelectric Artificial Cochlea Inspired by Human Hearing Organ.             
Youngdo Jung, Jun-Hyuk Kwak, Hanmi Kang, Wandoo Kim, Shin Hur
12:00 Talk 10   Sensing and control:             
Visual odometry and low-speed optic flow measurement by means of a vibrating artificial compound eye.             
Fabien Colonnier, Augustin Manecy, Raphael Juston, Stéphane Viollet
12:30 INVITED TALK   InfoMatter
Nimish Biloria        
DEMOS & Interactive Media Session             
13:30-15:00 Lunch Break             
15:00 Talk 11   Sensing and control:             
Closed-loop control in an autonomous bio-hybrid robot system based on binocular neuronal input.             
Jiaqi Huang, Holger G Krapp             
15:30 Talk 12    Sensing and control:             
MantisBot: A Platform for Investigating Mantis Behavior via Real-Time Neural Control.             
Nicholas Szczecinski, David Chrzanowski, David Cofer, David Moore, Andrea Terrasi, Joshua Martin, Ritzmann Roy, Roger Quinn           
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break             
16:30-17:30 PLENARY LECTURE 4   Exploration Robotics.    Robert Richardson        
17:30 PANEL DISCUSSION 2             
20:00 LM2014 SOCIAL DINNER             
FRIDAY, July 31             
9:00-10:00 PLENARY LECTURE 5   Collective intelligence in natural and artificial systems. Jose' Halloy           
10:00 Talk 13 Cognition:             
Saying it with light: A pilot study of affective communication using the MIRO robot.             
Emily C. Collins, Tony Prescott, Ben Mitchinson             
10:30 Talk 14 Cognition:             
Integrating feedback and predictive control in a bio-inspired model of visual pursuit implemented on a humanoid robot.             
Lorenzo Vannucci, Egidio Falotico, Nicola Di Lecce, Paolo Dario, Cecilia Laschi              
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break             
11:30 Talk 15 Cognition:             
Knowledge transfer in deep block-modular neural networks.             
Alexander Terekhov, Guglielmo Montone, J. Kevin O’Regan            
12:00 Talk 16 Cognition:             
A top-down approach for a synthetic autobiographical memory system.             
Andreas Damianou, Carl Henrik Ek, Luke Boorman, Neil Lawrence, Tony Prescott      
12:30 POSTER SPOTLIGHTS 2       
POSTER SESSION 2                        
13:30- 15:00 Lunch Break             
15:00 Talk 17 Cognition:             
Crowdseeding: a novel approach for designing bioinspired machines.             
Mark Wagy, Josh Bongard          
15:30 Talk 18 Cognition:             
Effects of the robot’s role on Human-Robot Interaction in an educational scenario.              
Maria Blancas, Vasiliki Vouloutsi, Klaudia Grechuta, Paul Verschure             
16:00-16-30 Coffee Break             
POSTER SESSION 3            
17:45 LM2015 AWARD for BEST PAPER, POSTER & DEMO             
6:00  END