All accepted papers and extended abstracts will appear in the Living Machines 2018 proceedings which we expect to be published in the Springer-Verlag LNAI Series.  

Authors of the best full papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their paper for publication in a special issue of the Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. see here previous Living Machines articles in B&B special issue

Authors of the best extended abstracts will be invited to submit a full version of their paper for publication in a special issue of Biomimetics

The Living Machies2018 papers can be downloaded at "Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems"





1. Direction-specific Footpaths can be Predicted by the Motion of a Single Point on the Body of the Fruit Fly Drosophila melanogaster.
Nicholas Szczecinski, Ansgar Büschges, Till Bockemühl

2. Insect-Inspired Elementary Motion Detection Embracing Resistive Memory and Spiking Neural Networks.
Thomas Dalgaty, Elisa Vianello, Denys Ly, Giacomo Indiveri, Barbara De Salvo, Etienne Nowak, Jerome Casas

3. How to Blend a Robot within a Group of Zebrafish: Achieving Social Acceptance through Real-time Calibration of a Multi-level Behavioural Model.
Leo Cazenille, Yohann Chemtob, Frank Bonnet, Alexey Gribovskiy, Francesco Mondada, Nicolas Bredeche, José Halloy

4. Object localisation with a highly compliant tactile sensory probe via distributed strain sensors.
Marco Schultz, Volker Dürr

5. Artificial system inspired by climbing mechanism of Galium aparine fabricated via 3D Laser Lithography.
Isabella Fiorello, Anand Kumar Mishra, Omar Tricinci, Francesca Tramacere, Carlo Filippeschi, Barbara Mazzolai

6. An Analysis of a Ring Attractor Model for Cue Integration.
Xuelong Sun, Micheal Mangan, Shigang Yue

7. Active collision free closed-loop control of a biohybrid fly-robot interface.
Jiaqi Huang, Yiran Wei, Holger G Krapp

8. Distributed Sensing for Soft Worm Robot Reduces Slip for Locomotion in Confined Environments.
Akhil Kandhari, Matthew Stover, Prithvi Jayachandran, Alexander Rollins, Kathryn Daltorio, Hillel Chiel, Roger Quinn

9. Aquatic Swimming of a Multi-functional Pedundulatory Bio-Robotic Locomotor.
Dimitris Tsakiris, Theodoros Evdaimon, Manos Papadakis

10. Guided Growth of Bacterial Cellulose Biofilms.
Katia Zolotovsky, Merav Gazit, Christine Ortiz

11. Neuromechanical Model of Rat Hind Limb Walking with Two Layer CPGs and Muscle Synergies.
Kaiyu Deng, Nicholas Szczecinski, Dirk Arnold, Emanuel Andrada, Martin Fischer, Roger Quinn, Alexander Hunt

12. AntBot, a hexapod walking robot mimicking navigation strategies of desert ants Cataglyphi.
Julien Dupeyroux, Julien Serres, Stéphane Viollet

13. A Neuromechanical Rat Model with a Complete Set of Hind Limb Muscles.
Fletcher Young, Alexander Hunt, Roger Quinn

14. Development and Characterization of a Novel Biomimetic Peristaltic Pumping System with Flexible Silicone-based Soft Robotic Ring Actuators.
Falk Esser, Friederike Krüger, Tom Masselter, Thomas Speck

15. Whisker-RatSLAM applied to 6D object identification and spatial localisation.
Mohammed Salman, Martin Pearson

16. Investigation of tip extrusion as an additive manufacturing strategy for growing robots.
Dario Lunni, Emanuela Del Dottore, Ali Sadeghi, Matteo Cianchetti, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Barbara Mazzolai

17. Emulating Balance Control Observed in Human Test Subjects with a Neural Network.
Wade Hilts, Nicholas Szczecinski, Alexander Hunt, Roger Quinn

18. Toward Computing with Spider Web: Computational Setup Realization.
Seyedmohammadhadi Sadati, Thomas Williams, Beth Mortimer, Ludovic Renson, Alan Quille, Fritz vollrath, Helmut Hauser

19. Active Touch with a Biomimetic 3D-printed Whiskered Robot.<
Nathan Lepora, Niels Burnus, Yilin Tao, Luke Cramphorn

20. Implementation of Deep Deterministic Policy Gradients for Controlling Dynamic Bipedal Walking .
Chujun Liu, Andrew Lonsberry, Mark Nandor, Roger Quinn

21. Moment Arm Analysis of the Biarticular Actuators in Compliant Robotic Leg CARL .
Atabak Nezhadfard, Steffen Schütz, Patrick Vonwirth, Krzysztof Mianowski, Berns Karsten

22. Insect behavioral evidence of spatial memories during environmental reconfiguration.
Diogo Pata, Alex Escuredo, Paul Verschure, Zenon Mathews

23. Prioritized Sweeping Neural DynaQ with Multiple Predecessors, and Hippocampal Replays.
Lise Aubin, Mehdi Khamassi, Benoît Girard




1. Slip Detection on Natural Objects With a Biomimetic Tactile Sensor.
Jasper James, Nathan Lepora

2. Texture perception with a biomimetic optical tactile sensor (the TacTip).
Nicholas Pestell, Nathan Lepora

3. Snake-like Robot That Can Generate Versatile Gait Patterns by Using Tegotae-based Control.
Takeshi Kano, Ryo Yoshizawa, Akio Ishiguro

4. Undulatory Swimming Locomotion Driven by CPG with Multimodal Local Sensory Feedback.
Kyoichi Akiyama, Kotaro Yasui, Jonathan Arreguit, Laura Paez, Kamilo Melo, Takeshi Kano, Auke Ijspeert, Akio Ishiguro

5. Platform Selection of a Manta-inspired Robot for Mitigating Near-Shore Harmful Algal Blooms.
Lauren Marshall, Adam Schroeder, Brian Trease

6. A Nitinol-Actuated Worm Robot Bends for Turning and Climbing Obstacles.
Kayla Andersen, Akhil Kandhari, Hillel Chiel, Roger Quinn, Kathryn Daltorio

7. A Novel Spatially Resolved 3D Force Sensor for Animal Biomechanics and Robotic Grasping Hands.
Severine Toussaint, Artemis Llamosi

8. How the Sandfish Lizard Filters Particles and What We May Learn from It. 
Anna Theresia Stadler, Michael Krieger, Werner Baumgartner

9. The Impact of Nature Inspired algorithms on Biomimetic approach in Architectural and Urban Design.
Natasha Chayaamor-Heil

10. A survival task for the design and the assessment of an autonomous agent.
Bhargav Teja Nallapu, Frederic Alexandre

11. Spiders’ Ballooning Flight as a Model for the Exploration of Hazardous Atmospheric Weather Conditions. 
Moonsung Cho, Klaus Affeld, Peter Neubauer, Ingo Rechenberg

12. Understanding interstate competitiveness and international security in European dual-use research.
Saheli Datta Burton, Christine Aicardi, Mahfoud Tara, Nikolas Rose

13. Living in a Machine: Experiencing the world through a robotic avatar.
Daniel Camilleri, Tony Prescott

14. Should mobile robots have a head ? -A rationale based on behavior, automatic control and signal processing.
François Bailly, Emmanuelle Pouydebat, Bruno Watier, Vincent Bels, Philippe Souères

15. Estimating body pitch from distributed proprioception in a hexapod.
Arne Gollin, Volker Dürr

16. Evolutionary optimisation of neural network models for collective behaviours in mixed groups of robots and zebrafish
Leo Cazenille, Nicolas Bredeche, José Halloy

17. Braided Pneumatic Actuators as a Variable Stiffness Approximation of Synovial Joints.
Alexander Steele, Alexander Hunt

18. An Adaptive Frequency Central Pattern Generator For Synthetic Nervous Systems.
William Nourse, Roger Quinn, Nicholas Szczecinski

19. Challenges of Machine Learning for Living Machines.
Jordi-Ysard Puigbò Llobet, Xerxes Arsiwalla, Paul Verschure

20. Modeling the Opponent’s Action using Control-Based Reinforcement Learning
Ismael Tito Freire González, Jordi-Ysard Puigbò Llobet, Xerxes Arsiwalla, Paul Verschure

21. 3D bioprinted muscle-based bio-actuators: force adaptability due to training.
Rafael Mestre, Tania Patiño, Xavier Barceló, Samuel Sánchez

22. Evolutionary Robot Swarm Cooperative Retrieval.
Neil Vaughan

23. Simulating Flapping Wing Mechanisms Inspired by the Manduca sexta Hawkmoth.
Kenneth Moses, David Prigg, Matthias Weisfeld, Richard Bachmann, Mark Willis, Roger Quinn

24. Evolution of Neural Networks for Physically Simulated Evolved Virtual Quadroped Creatures.
Neil Vaughan

25. Artificial compound eye and synthetic neural system for motion recognition.
Drago Bracun, Nicholas Szczecinski, Gašper Škulj, Alexander Hunt, Roger Quinn

26. Simulation of the Arthropod Central Complex: Moving Towards Bioinspired Robotic Navigation Control.
Shanel Pickard, Roger Quinn, Nicholas Szczecinski

27. Observation of Calcium Wave on Physical Stimulus for Realizing Cell Tactile Sensor.
Hiroki Kawashima, Umakshi Sajnani, Masahiro Shimizu, Koh Hosoda

28. A system to provide oculomotor functions to the user to control direction of gaze and optical zoom for both eyes independently.
Fumio Mizuno, Tomoaki Hayasaka, Takami Yamaguchi

29. Quad-Morphing : Towards a new bio-inspired autonomous platform for obstacle avoidance at high speed.
Valentin Riviere, Augustin Manecy, Stéphane Viollet

30. Hide and Seek: Knowledge Search in Biomimicry.
Kim Sun-Joong

31. Cognitive architectures on discourse.
Mauricio Iza

32. Weak DC Motors Generate Earthworm Locomotion without a Brain.
Yoichi Masuda, Masato Ishikawa, Akio Ishiguro

33. The Neck of Pinobo, a Low-cost Compliant Robot.
Arnaud Blanchard, Djamel Mebarki

34. Neural network for search and retrieval.
Neil Vaughan

35. Are Brains Computers, Emulators or Simulators?
Xerxes Arsiwalla, Camilo M. Signorelli, Jordi-Ysard Puigbò Llobet, Ismael Tito Freire González, Paul Verschure