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Il 27.07.2021

Bionics today

Robots and biological systems: a checkpoint of bionics evolution

Online event, on Tuesday, July 27, from 14.00 to 16.30 CEST. Streaming from The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

In June 1989 Paolo Dario, Giulio Sandini and Patrick Aebischer organized a workshop by the title: Robots and Biological Systems: Towards a New Bionics? Contributions from the workshop’s participants were collected in a Book published by Elsevier in Volume 102 of the “Computer and Systems Sciences Series”.
Looking at the text after 32 years, it seemed timely to re-propose the same question and analyze the evolution of the research themes both in terms of today’s achievements and in highlighting the excessive simplifications of the time made evident now by the advancements of knowledge and technology. The discussion will be animated by a group of participants of the 1989 workshop and organized around two round tables addressing the two intertwined streams of bionics research: bodyware and mindware.

The workshop "Bionics today. Robots and biological systems: a checkpoint of bionics evolution" will take place online on Tuesday, July 27, from 14.00 to 16.30 CEST. It is open and participants are free to ask questions either before and during the workshop. The event address for attendees is:

 Live streaming from Sant'Anna School You Tube


Co-Chairs: Paolo Dario, Full Professor at The BioRobotics Institute, and Giulio Sandini, Founding Director at the Italian Institute of Technology and full professor of bioengineering at the University of Genoa.
A conversation with (in alphabetical order): Ruzena Bajcsy, Massimo Bergamasco, Antonio Bicchi, Rodney Brooks, David Burr, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Giuseppe Casalino, Danilo De Rossi, Toshio Fukuda, Blake Hannaford, Vincent Hayward, Neville Hogan, Pietro Morasso, Concetta Morrone, Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, Tomaso Poggio, Marc Raibert, Kenneth Salisbury, Atsuo Takanishi.


14.00 Welcome - Maria Chiara Carrozza
14.05 Paolo Dario
14.25 Giulio Sandini

Discussion Session: Bodyware and mindware
Atsuo Takanishi, Toshio Fukuda, Rodney Brooks, Marc Raibert, Massimo Bergamasco, Kenneth Salisbury, Antonio Bicchi, Danilo De Rossi

15.30 Discussion Session: Mindware and bodyware
Pietro Morasso, Neville Hogan, Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, Giuseppe Casalino, Concetta Morrone, David Burr, Ruzena Bajcsy, Tomaso Poggio, Blake Hannaford
16.15 Closing remarks
16.30  End of workshop


The workshop is based on panel discussions. Longer presentations by our speakers have been pre-recorded and are available at the links below. 


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Il 27.07.2021

Da 14:00 a 16:30

Luogo evento:
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025 Pontedera (PI) PI