Invited Speakers

Prof. Daniela Rus

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Prof. Rus Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy for Arts and Science.

Prof. Metin Sitti

Max Planck Institute, Germany

Prof. Sitti is a Professor and Director of the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart. Prof. Sitti is also an honorary Professor in the University of Stuttgart, Professor in Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, and distinguished service Professor in Carnegie Mellon University.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Prof. Wei-Min Shen

University of Southern California, USA

Prof. Shen is a Research Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. Prof. Shen is the Director of the Polymorphic Robotics Laboratory and the Associate Director of the USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems. Prof. Shen's research group focuses on self-reconfigurable, adaptive, and autonomous robots and systems. Prof Shen's research has been supported by NSF, AFOSR, DARPA, ARO, NASA, and other government agencies and industrial companies

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. 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. 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.

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.

Prof. Wilson Poon

University of Edinburgh, UK

Prof. Poon is a Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Edinburgh and currently holds the Chair of Natural Philosophy. Prof. Poon's current research is in rheology and active matter physics and was recently awarded the IOP Sam Edwards Medal for his contributions to the field of condensed matter physics.

Prof. Auke Ijspeert (Tentative)

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.

Dr. Jon Marles-Wright

Newcastle University

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.

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. Andrew Turberfield

University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Turberfield is a Professor of Physics and the Director of the Self-Assembled Structures and Devices Research Group at the University of Oxford, UK. Prof. Turberfield's main research group works on nanofabrication by biomolecular self-assembly. The research group works with colleagues in biochemistry, physiology, chemistry and computer science departments around the world to develop and exploit the ability to make molecular-scale structures by self-assembly.

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.

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.