Organizers / Speakers

Hirotaka Sato

Associate Professor, Provost’s Chair, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Webpage:   https://hirosatontu.wordpress.com/

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4634-1639

Research Interests

Insect-computer hybrid robots, Bio-interface, MEMS, Wireless communication device, Neuromuscular physiology, Surface finishing, Fuel cell, Electrochemistry, Electrochemical plating/polishing, Electroless plating

Selected Papers

Insect-Computer Hybrid System for Autonomous Search and Rescue Mission, arXiv:2105.10869v3

Insect-computer Hybrid Robot Achieves a Walking Gait Rarely Seen in Nature by Replacing the Anisotropic Natural Leg Spines with Isotropic Artificial Leg Spines. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 35, 4, 1034-1038 (2020)

Li. Y, Wu. J, Sato, H. (2018). Feedback control-based navigation of a flying insect-machine hybrid robot. Soft Robotics 5(1), 365-374 (2018)

Shinjiro Umezu

Professor, Waseda University, Japan

Webpage:   http://www.umeshin.mmech.waseda.ac.jp/

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2146-5344

Research Interests

Additive manufacturing, Metal-plastic hybrid 3D printing, Solar cells, Energy harvesting, Cyborg insect, Healthcare sensors, IoT, AI, Flexible printed electronics

Selected Papers

Jing Zhan et al. (2020) Metal-plastic hybrid 3D printing using catalyst-loaded filament and electroless plating. Additive Manufacturing, 36, 101556

Hiroki Kimura et al. (2019) High Operation Stability of Ultraflexible Organic Solar Cells with Ultraviolet-Filtering Substrates. Advanced Materials, 31, 19, 1808033

Md. Shahiduzzaman et al. (2019) Oblique electrostatic inkjet-deposited TiO2 electron transport layers for efficient planar perovskite solar cells. Scientific Reports, 9, 19494

Barani Raman

Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Webpage:   http://ramanlab.wustl.edu/

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7866-155X

Research Interests

Computational and systems neuroscience, insect-based bio-robotics, machine learning, machine olfaction and dynamical systems.

Selected Papers

Explosive sensing with insect-based biorobots, Biosensors and Bioelectronics: X, vol. 6, 1 December 2020, 100050.

Dynamic contrast enhancement and flexible odor codes, Nature Communications, 9, article number: 3062, August 2018

A spatiotemporal coding mechanism for background invariant recognition of odors, Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 16, pp. 1830-1839, 2013.

George Augustine

Irene Tan Liang Kheng Chair, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Webpage:   https://dr.ntu.edu.sg/cris/rp/rp01210

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7408-7485

Research Interests

Optogenetics, brain circuitry, synaptic physiology, molecular mechanisms of synaptic vesicle trafficking, dementia

Selected Papers

M. Graf, A. Nair, K.L.L Wong, Y. Tang and G.J. Augustine. (2020) Identification of mouse claustral neurons based on their intrinsic electrical properties. eNeuro 7: ENEURO.0216-20.2020.

Q. Cheng, S.-H. Song and G.J. Augustine (2018) Molecular mechanisms of short-term plasticity: Role of synapsin phosphorylation in augmentation and potentiation of spontaneous glutamate release. Front. Synaptic Neurosci. 10:33.

S. Chen, G.J. Augustine and P. Chadderton (2017) Serial processing of kinematic signals by cerebellar circuitry during voluntary whisking. Nature Comm. 8: 232

K. Berglund, K. Clissold, L. Wen, S.Y. Park, J. Gleixner, M.E. Klein, J.W. Barter, M.A. Rossi, G.J. Augustine, H.H. Yin, and U. Hochgeschwender (2016) Luminopsins: integrating opto- and chemogenetics by using physical and biological light sources for opsin activation. PNAS 113:E358-67.

Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado

Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Deputy Head, Digital Manufacturing and Design (DManD) Research Centre, Singapore

Webpage:   https://brd.sutd.edu.sg/

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0289-0628

Research Interests

Soft robotics, Advanced Digital Fabrication, Bio-inspired Design, Grasping and Manipulation

Selected Papers

N. Boddeti, T.V. Truong, V.S. Joseph, T. Stalin, T. Calais, S.Y. Lee, M.L. Dunn, P. Valdivia y Alvarado, “Optimal Soft Composites for Under-Actuated Soft Robots”, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2021, 2100361, DOI: 10.1002/admt.202100361.

T. Stalin, S. Jain, N.K. Thanigaivel, J.E.M. Teoh, A.R. Plamootil Mathai, P. Valdivia y Alvarado, “Automated Fiber Embedding for Soft Mechatronic Components”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2021.3067244.

V.S. Joseph, T. Calais, T. Stalin, S. Jain, N.K. Thanigaivel, N.D. Sanandiya, P. Valdivia y Alvarado, “Silicone/Epoxy Hybrid Resins with Tunable Mechanical and Interfacial Properties for Additive Manufacture of Soft Robots”, Applied Materials Today, Volume 22, 2021, 100979, DOI: 10.1016/j.apmt.2021.100979.

V. Subramaniam, S. Jain, J. Agarwal, and P. Valdivia y Alvarado, “Design and Characterization of a Hybrid Soft Gripper with Active Palm Pose Control”, International Journal of Robotics Research. Doi: 10.1177/0278364920918918.

Alper Bozkurt

Professor, University Scholar, North Carolina State University, USA

Webpage:   https://www.ibionics.org/

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5538-262X

Research Interests

Neural interfaces, internet of bionic things, biophotonics for brain monitoring, ultra-low power circuits and sensors, flexible sensor and sensing systems, injectable capsule implants for physiological sensing on small animals.

Selected Papers

Localization of Biobotic Insects Using Low-Cost Inertial Measurement Units. Sensors, 20:16, 4486. (2020)

A Biobotic Distributed Sensor Network for Under Rubble Search and Rescue, IEEE Computer, Special Issue Emergency Response, 49:5, pp.38-46. (2016)

Insect Machine Interface Based Neuro Cybernetics. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 56:6, pp. 1727-33.(2009)

Edgar Lobaton

Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, USA

Webpage:   https://research.ece.ncsu.edu/aros/

ORCID ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4056-8309

Research Interests

Pattern recognition, estimation theory, and statistical and topological-data-analysis tools applied to wearable health monitoring, robotics and computer vision

Selected Papers

A Framework for Mapping with Biobotic Insect Networks: From Local to Global Maps. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal, Volume 88, pp.79-96, 2017

Geometric Learning and Topological Inference with Biobotic Networks. IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2017.

 Localization of Biobotic Insects Using Low-Cost Inertial Measurement Units. Sensors 2020, 20, 4486.

Toshio Fukuda

Professor, Meijo University and Waseda University, Japan

Professor Emeritus, Nagoya University

Webpage:   http://www.toshiofukuda.org/

Research Interests

Cyborg and Bionic System, Distributed autonomous robotic system, Cooperation and competition of the multiple robotics system, Medical robotics and simulator, Micro and nano robotics system

Selected Papers

1. Zhiqiang Zheng et al. (2021) Ionic shape-morphing microrobotic end-effectors for environmentally adaptive targeting, releasing, and sampling. Nature Communications, 12, 411

2. Takuto Nomura, et al. (2021), Development of Cultured Muscles with Tendon Structures for Modular Bio-Actuators. Micromachines, 12, 379

3. Eunhye Kim, et al. (2020), Construction of Hepatic-Lobule-like 3D Vascular Networkin Cellular Structure by Manipulating Magnetic Fibers. IEEE/ASME Trans. Mechatronics, Vol . 25, No. 1, pp. 477-486

4. Toshio Fukuda (2020) Cyborg and Bionic Systems: Signposting the Future. Cyborg and Bionic Systems2020, 1310389

Yao Li

Assistant Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

Webpage:   http://faculty.hitsz.edu.cn/liyao

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3656-5858

Research Interests

Insect-computer hybrid robots, Bio-interface, Biomechanics, Wireless communication device, Neuromuscular physiology, Bioinspired jumping robots, Visual navigation and path planning

Selected Papers

Li Y., Sato H., Li B., (2021). Feedback Altitude Control of a Flying Insect–Computer Hybrid Robot. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, published online.

Li Y., Wu J., Sato H., (2018). Feedback control-based navigation of a flying insect-machine hybrid robot. Soft Robotics 5(1), 365-374

Li Y., Cao F., Vo Doan T. T., Sato H., (2017). Role of outstretched forelegs of flying beetles revealed and demonstrated by remote leg stimulation in free flight. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220(19): 3499–3507

T. Thang Vo-Doan

HFSP Cross-disciplinary Fellow, University of Freiburg, Germany

Webpage:   https://strawlab.org

ORCID ID:   https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5065-5887

Research Interests

Insect-computer hybrid robots, Bio-interface, Electrochemistry, Neurobiology, Low latency tracking

Selected Papers

H. D. Nguyen, P. Z. Tan, H. Sato and T. T. Vo-Doan, “Sideways Walking Control of a Cyborg Beetle,” in IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, 2 (3), 331-337 (2020)

T. T. Vo-Doan, M. Y.W. Tan, X. H. Bui, and H. Sato, “An Ultralightweight and Living Legged Robot”, Soft Robotics, 5 (1), 17-23 (2018)

Victoria Webster-Wood

Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Webpage: Link

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6638-2687

Research Interest

Biohybrid robotics, 3D bioprinting, computational neuroscience, bio-inspired robotics, biomaterials, soft robotics

Selected Papers

Webster, V., et al., “3D-printed Biohybrid Robots Powered by Neuromuscular Tissue Circuits from Aplysia californica”. in Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: Proceedings of Living Machines 2017. July 25-28, 2017 San Francisco, USA.

Webster-Wood, V., et al., “Organismal engineering: Toward a robotic taxonomic key for devices using organic materials,” Science Robotics, vol. 2, no. 12, pp. eaap9281, 2017.

Webster-Wood, V., et al., “Control for Multifunctionality: Bioinspired Control Based on Feeding in Aplysia californica”, Biological Cybernetics, Volume 114, pages 557–588. December 2020.

Masahiro Shimizu

Associate Professor, Osaka University, Japan

Webpage: https://softrobot.jp/en/research-groups/a01-2/

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1160-1234

Research Interest

Bio-hybrid system, Soft robotics, Mechanobiology, Printed electronics, Brain organoids, muscle cells, Tissue engineering, Swarm intelligence, Decentralized autonomous systems

Selected Papers

Self-organizing cell tactile perception which depends on mechanical stimulus history, Advanced Robotics, Vol. 33, No. 5, 232-242 (2019)

Wearable Vibration Sensor for Measuring the Wing Flapping of Insects, Sensors, Vol. 21, No. 2, doi: 10.3390/s21020593 (2021)

Vikram Iyer

Assistant Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Webpage: https://homes.cs.washington.edu/~vsiyer/

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3025-7953

Research Interest

Biohybrid systems, bio-inspired and insect-scale robotics, wireless communication, Internet of Things, power harvesting and battery-free systems, wireless sensors, wildlife tracking, sustainable electronics

Selected Papers

Airdropping sensor networks from drones and insects. Mobicom 2020

Wireless steerable vision for live insects and insect-scale robots. Science Robotics, 5, 44 (2020).

Living IoT: A flying wireless platform on live insects. Mobicom 2019

Liftoff of a 190 mg Laser-powered Aerial Vehicle: The Lightest Wireless Robot to Fly. ICRA 2018

Nicole Xu

National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Scholar, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Webpage: https://nicolewxu.wixsite.com/home/

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1649-8718

Research Interest

Bioinspired robotics, biohybrid robotics, bioinspired design, unpiloted underwater vehicles, soft robotics, fluid dynamics, biomechanics, organismal biology

Selected Papers

Xu, N.W. and Dabiri, J.O. Low-power microelectronics embedded in live jellyfish enhance propulsion. Science Advances, 6(5), eaaz3194 (2020)

Xu, N.W. et al. Field testing of biohybrid robotic jellyfish to demonstrate enhanced swimming speeds. Biomimetics, 5(4), 64 (2020)

Xu, N.W. et al. Developing biohybrid robotic jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) for free-swimming tests in the laboratory and in the field. Bio-protocol, 11(7), e3974-e3974 (2021)

Xu, N.W. et al. Ethics of biohybrid robotic jellyfish modification and invertebrate research. Preprints, doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0008.v1

Debajit Saha

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan State University

Webpage: https://bosslab.iq.msu.edu/

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=6xpx69UAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Research Interest

Insect brain-based cyborg volatile organic compound (VOC) sensing technology. Exhaled breath-based disease detection. Neural codes of social learning in honeybees. Development of Explainable-Ai approaches for one-shot learning.

Selected Papers

Saha et al., “Explosive sensing with insect-based biorobots” Biosensors and Bioelectronics: X, Vol 6, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosx.2020.100050

Saha et al. “Engaging and disengaging recurrent inhibition coincides with sensing and unsensing of a sensory stimulus” Nature Communications, Vol.8, no. 1, pp. 1-19, 2017. 10.1038/ncomms15413

Saha et al. “Behavioral correlates of combinatorial versus temporal features of odor codes” Nature Communications, Vol.6, no. 1, pp. 1-13, 2015. 10.1038/ncomms7953

Saha et al.  “A spatiotemporal coding mechanism for background-invariant odor recognition” Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 16, no. 12, pp. 1830-1839, 2013 (Cover article). https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.3570

Keisuke Morishima

Professor, Osaka University, Japan

Webpage: http://www-live.mech.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1146-3900

Research Interest

LiVEMechX, Bioactuator, Micro/nanorobot, Artificial muscle, Self organization, Swarm intelligence, Biomanipulation, Cyborg insect, BioMEMS, MicroTAS

Selected Papers

Nitta, T., Wang, Y., Du, Z., Morishima, K., Hiratsuka, Y., A printable active network actuator built from an engineered biomolecular motor. Nature Materials, 20, 8, 1149-1155 (2021)

Yamatsuta, E., Ping Beh, S., Uesugi, K., Tsujimura, H., Morishima, K., A Micro Peristaltic Pump Using an Optically Controllable Bioactuator. Engineering, 5(3), 580–585 (2019)

Shoji, K., Akiyama, Y., Suzuki, M., Nakamura, N., Ohno, H., Morishima, K., Biofuel cell backpacked insect and its application to wireless sensing. Biosensors and Bioelectronics , 78, 390-395 (2016)

Akiyama, Y., Sakuma, T., Funakoshi, K., Iwabuchi, K., Morishima, K, Atmospheric-operable bioactuator powered by insect muscle packaged with medium. Lab on a Chip 13(24), 4870-4880 (2013)

Nitta, T., Wang, Y., Du, Z., Morishima, K., Hiratsuka, Y., A printable active neKabumoto, K., Hoshino, T., Akiyama, Y., Morishima, K., Voluntary movement controlled by the surface EMG signal for tissue-engineered skeletal muscle on a gripping tool. Tissue Engineering – Part A, 19(15-16), 1695–1703 (2013)

Tanaka, Y., Morishima, K., Shimizu, T., Okano, T., Kitamori, T., An actuated pump on-chip powered by cultured cardiomyocytes, Lab on a Chip 6(3), 362-368 (2006)

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