Invited Speakers

Prof. Radhika Nagpal

Harvard University, USA

Prof. Nagpal is the Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a founding Core Faculty Member of the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, where she co-leads the BioRobotics Platform. Prof. Nagpal is also the Director of the Self-organizing Systems Research Group.

Dr. Fumiya Iida

University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Iida is a university reader at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Iida is the Director of the Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab. The main focus of the Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab is to engineer novel robotic applications through a deeper understanding of adaptivity and autonomy of animals by abstracting design principles observed in biological systems.

Prof. Auke Ijspeert

EPFL, Switzerland

Prof. Ijspeert is a full Professor at EPFL, and head of the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob). Prof. Ijspeerts' research interests are at the intersection of robotics, computational neuroscience, non-linear dynamical systems and applied machine learning.

Prof. Markus Buehler

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Buehler is a Jerry McAfee (1940) Professor of Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prof. Buehler is the Director of the Laboratory for Atomistic & Molecular Mechanics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA. Prof. Buehler's reasearch interest is making bio‐inspired nanotechnology sustainable and scalable for large‐volume materials applications.

Prof. Barbara Mazzolai

Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia, Italy

Prof. Mazzolai is Director of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics at IIT and Deputy Director at IIT delegate to the Supervision and Organization of IIT Centers Network at the same institute. Prof. Mazzolai's current scientific activity focuses on bioinspired soft robotics, with a particular research interest in merging Biology and Engineering. Prof. Mazzolai has been member of panels of the European Commission within the Seventh Frame Program in the field of Robotics and ICT, and of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in the field of Environment and Health. Prof. Mazzolai is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Dr. Kirstin H. Petersen

Cornell University, USA

Dr. Petersen is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. She runs the Collective Embodied Intelligence Lab, which focuses on design and coordination of large robot collectives able to achieve complex behaviors beyond the reach of single robot systems, and corresponding studies on how social insects do so in nature. Major research topics include swarm intelligence, embodied intelligence, autonomous construction, bio-cyber physical systems, human-swarm interaction, and soft robots.

Prof. Carmel Majidi

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Prof. Majidi is Clarence H. Adamson Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Majidi is the Director of the Soft Machines Lab for human-compatible machines and electronics. Prof. Majidi's research area is Soft-Matter Engineering for Bio-Inspired Robotics & Wearable Computing. Prof. Majidi’s research group focuses on discovering materials, hardware architectures, and fabrication methods that allow robots and machines to behave like soft biological organisms and be safe for contact with humans.

Dr. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

Yale University, USA

Dr. Kramer-Bottiglio is a John J. Lee Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University. Dr. Kramer-Bottiglio is the Director of the Faboratory. Dr. Kramer-Bottiglio's research interests include: Soft robotics; Stretchable electronics; Responsive material actuators; Soft material manufacturing; Soft-bodied control.

Dr. Adam A. Stokes

The University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Stokes is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Dr. Stokes is Director of the Soft Systems Group. Dr. Stokes is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK-RAS Network, a member of the OGTC Academic Panel, and a Member of The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.

Dr. Mirko Kovac

Imperial College London, UK

Dr. Kovac is a Reader in Aerial Robotics and Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London. Dr. Kovac's research group focuses on the development of novel, biologically inspired flying robots for distributed sensing in air and water and on autonomous robotic construction for future cities. Dr. Kovac's particular specialisation is in robot design, hardware development and multi-modal robot mobility.

Prof. Daniel Goldman

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Goldman is a Professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he holds a Dunn Family Professorship. Professor Goldman's research program investigates the interaction of biological and physical systems with complex materials like granular media. His research integrates work in complex fluids and granular media and the biomechanics of locomotion of organisms and robots to address problems in nonequilibrium systems that involve interaction of matter with complex media.

Dr. Jon Marles-Wright

Newcastle University, UK

Dr. Marles-Wright is a Senior Lecturer in Structural and Synthetic Biology in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University and the Director of the Marles-Wright Laboratory at Newcastle University. Their research focuses on uses structural biology, biochemistry and cell biology techniques underpinned by synthetic biology technologies to answer questions relating to the function of bacterial compartmentalization systems.

Prof. Sara Bernardini

Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Prof. Bernardini is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science of Royal Holloway University of London. Prof. Bernardini's research interests revolve around building Intelligent and Autonomous Systems for practical applications. Prof. Bernardini is currently the PI for the EPSRC project SHARPA and the Co-PI of the Innovate UK projects Connect-R, MIMRee and Prometheus.

Dr. Kohei Nakajima

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Nakajima is a Project Associate Professor, Chair for Frontier AI Education in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo. Dr. Nakajima's research interests lie in soft robotics, morphological computations and physical reservoir computation for robotic control applications.

Dr. Masahiro Shimizu

Osaka University, Japan

Dr. Shimizu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Innovation at Osaka University, Japan. Dr Shimizu's research interests revolve around Robotics, Bionics and Autonomous Decentralized Systems.

Dr. Matthew Robertson

Queen's University, Canada

Dr. Robertson is a post-doctoral fellow at Queen’s University in Canada where he is currently investigating novel actuator designs and principles inspired by the molecular mechanics of biological muscle. His research is dedicated to improving and redefining the boundaries of robot performance, morphology, and applications through advanced manufacturing, novel actuation technologies, and holistic robotic system design techniques. His work incorporates soft, smart, and composite materials, as well as modular and reconfigurable system architectures.

Mr. Philip Norman

Ross Robotics Limited, UK

Philip Norman is the Co-founder, Director of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer at Ross Robotics Limited.

Dr. Wendong Wang

Max Planck Institute, Germany

Dr. Wang is a senior research scientist in Prof. Metin Sitti’s Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. His research interests include collective micro-robots, morphogenesis, programmable self-assembly, and dynamic material systems.

Dr. Jianguo Zhao

Colorado State University, USA

Dr. Zhao is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He directs the Adaptive Robotics Lab, which investigates novel adaptive robots that can reconfigure their shapes, structures, or functionalities to fulfill multiple tasks (e.g., walking, flying, swimming) in diverse environments (e.g., on land, in the air, or underwater). Such robots will have diverse applications ranging from environmental monitoring, search and rescue, to military surveillance. Major research topics include soft robots, flying robots, and reconfigurable robots.