Bioinspired design principles, biohybrid materials, and manufacturing methods have been combined to prototype new soft living machines able to interact with complex unstructured environments. These soft living machines represent a remarkable fusion of biology and engineering, offering an opportunity to explore and understand ecosystems.
Our workshop “Into the Woods: Living Soft Machines for Ecosystem Exploration” aims to present and discuss the latest advancements in the field of soft living robots and smart materials, with a specific focus on exploration of unstructured natural environments, such as forests, grasslands, agricultural fields, freshwater, and marine systems. It showcases the ongoing progress in prototyping and utilizing bioinspired soft machines and living materials for the monitoring, analysis, and preservation of plant ecosystems.
Researchers from different fields will present the most recent results about bioinspired soft robots and sustainable materials for exploration of multi-environments with the capability to interact with their natural surroundings. We will discuss the next challenges that need to be encountered in developing soft machines for real-world and ecosystem exploration.
Call for posters
We have several slots for poster presentations free, just send your poster title and abstract (200 words max, 1 figure) to the organizers, keeping all of the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know about acceptance.
Deadline for abstract submission: 01/03/2024
Welcome and Research Overview by the organizers
Isabella Fiorello, Fabian Meder, Barbara Mazzolai