Biomimetic Robots

Robots are proving useful to biology as a means to test our theories about the interaction of the brain, the body and the environment in generating adaptive behavior. Biomimetic robots have been developed that emulate animal nervous systems at different levels of abstraction from hardware analogue neural circuits, described here by Joseph Ayers for models of marine invertebrates, through to algorithms discussed by Frank Grasso for modelling the lobster's ability to follow chemical trails. By developing robots that emulate humans we can also test theories of human action, perception, and cognition, and create medically-useful artefacts such as intelligent prostheses as described in the talk by Maria Carrozza.



Featured Lectures


Frank GrassoFrank Grasso (2011)

Biologically-inspired balancing of inherited and learned behaviours in mobile robots


AyersJoseph Ayers (2011)

Synthetic Neuroethology




Maria CarrozzaMaria Corrozza (2011)

Towards human-robot symbiosis: new perspectives for assistive and rehabilitation robotics



Other Lectures


Exploring cephalopod object manipulation: modelling studies of neural control of Octopus suckers and squid tentacles

Biological modeling and biomimetics: somne thoughts from the study of the rat vibissal (whisker) system

Small brains, smart minds



Dolphin inspired sonar development for autonomous underwater vehicles

Control of locomotion using central pattern generators: from biology to robotics

Human-like robots: the ultimate challenge to mimicking biology in a synthetic form

Electromagnetically active polymer artificial muscles for future soft robotics and biometrics

Biomimetics: an evolutionary transformation from biological systems to intelligent robots

Saliency maps for spatial attention: insights from mammal-like robots


How fish KISS: a reductionist approach to a biomimetic design of an underwater fish robot

Vision for action and action for vision


Why does biology need robotics?


Towards autonomous robots: lessons from biology

Tim Pearce (2013)
Neuromorphic systems in the wild


David Lentink (2011)
Biofluiddynamics of flight as an inspiration for design