Leonardo da Vinci is renowned as one of the most important pioneers in the field of bioinspired machines. His genius, studies of Nature, drawings, and mechanical artworks permeate the Italian culture and traditions, and are still a model for engineers and scientists of our Country and around the world. For the design of advanced technologies and robotic systems, the Italian approach to bioinspiration is still nowadays a globally well-recognised brand, with leaders who are pioneers of new ideas, products and research lines, in Italy and abroad.
Encompassing humanoids, insectoids, octopus-inspired and soft robotic technologies, biomimetic structural composites, plantoids and growing robots, the proposed workshop on “The Leonardo legacy” will bring together a cross-disciplinary panel of Italian scientists and engineers to present and discuss the past, present and future of bioinspiration and biomimetics in robotics and intelligent machines.
With a series of invited talks and reading of Leonardo’s original texts, the workshop aims to illustrate and discuss the biomimetic approach for the advancement of the research in science and technology. The event will be moderated by Enrica Battifoglia (ANSA Scienza), who will also introduce the invited speakers. Reading of Leonardo’s original texts will be performed by the theatre actor Paolo Giommarelli.
Barbara Mazzolai, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Cecilia Laschi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Paolo Arena, Università di Catania
Antonio De Simone, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Nicola Pugno, Università di Trento
Donato Romano, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Leonardo’s text reading Event moderator
Paolo Giommarelli Enrica Battifoglia, ANSA Scienza
Workshop agenda including topics of the talks and speakers