July 17  10:00   – 16:00   
The Living Machines Workshops will be held at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

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July 18-20  9:00  – 18:00   
The Conference will take place at the  Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle, at the Auditorium of the  Grande Galerie de l’Évolution 

The poster session will take place at UPMC Sorbonne Universite's Campus Jussieu   

July 18


9:20-9:30 - WELCOME VINCENT BELS  Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, FR

Insect-inspired mechatronics: the pervasive impact
of ecological and evolutionary forces in the development of microsensors development

Advances in tactile sensing

10:30 - 10:50 Active Touch with a Biomimetic 3D-printed Whiskered Robot. Nathan Lepora, Niels Burnus, Yilin Tao, Luke Cramphorn

10:50 - 11:10 Whisker-RatSLAM applied to 6D object identification and spatial localisation. Mohammed Salman, Martin Pearson

11:10 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 11:50 Object localisation with a highly compliant tactile sensory probe via distributed strain sensors. Marco Schultz, Volker Dürr

Biomimetic/biohybrid systems

11:50 - 12:10 Guided Growth of Bacterial Cellulose Biofilms. Katia Zolotovsky, Merav Gazit, Christine Ortiz

12:10 - 12:30 AntBot, a hexapod walking robot mimicking navigation strategies of desert ants Cataglyphis. Julien Dupeyroux, Julien  Serres, Stéphane Viollet

12:30 - 12:50 Insect behavioral evidence of spatial memories during environmental reconfiguration. Diogo Pata, Alex Escuredo, Zenon Mathews, Paul Verschure

12:50 - 13:10 Poster Spotlight session 1

13:10 -15:00 Lunch break

Locomotion and kinematics

15:00 -15:20 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

15:20 - 15:40 Implementation of Deep Deterministic Policy Gradients for Controlling Dynamic Bipedal Walking. Chujun Liu, Andrew Lonsberry, Mark Nandor, Roger Quinn.

15:40 - 16:00 Poster Spotlight session 2

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

Bio-inspired and bio-hybrid miniature mobile robots

18:30 - 20:00 COCKTAIL & Living Machines Book Launch on the Seine River 
check the map to get to  "Escale d'Austerlitz"

July 19

From insect perception to robots and vice versa

Biomimetic/biohybrid systems

10:00 - 10:20 Active collision free closed-loop control of a biohybrid fly-robot interface. Jiaqi Huang, Yiran Wei, Holger G Krapp

10:20 - 10:40 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

10:40 - 11:00 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

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

Animal inspired systems

11:30 - 11:50 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

11:50 - 12:10 Toward Computing with Spider Web: Computational Setup Realization. Seyed Mohammad Hadi Sadati, Thomas Williams, Beth Mortimer, Ludovic Renson, Alan Quille, Fritz vollrath, Helmut Hauser

12:10 - 12:50 Poster Session  UPMC see LM2018 Venue

13:00 -15:00 Lunch break

15:00 -15:20 Poster Session UPMC

Locomotion and kinematics

15:20 - 15:40 Moment Arm Analysis of the Biarticular Actuators in Compliant Robotic Leg CARL. Atabak Nezhadfard, Steffen Schütz, Patrick Vonwirth, Krzysztof Mianowski, Berns Karsten

15:40 - 16:00 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

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30 - PLENARY TALK   PASCAL  BRIOIST  
The mechanical dreams of Leonardo da Vinci: from sketches to machines

20:30 Social Dinner on the river Seine 
check the map to get to  "Escale d'Austerlitz"

with invite speaker:

Innovation, Outreach, and Communication in Science using Superheroes

July 20


Memory mechanisms in man and machine

Biomimetic/biohybrid systems

10:00 - 10:20 An Analysis of a Ring Attractor Model for Cue Integration. Xuelong Sun, Micheal Mangan, Shigang Yue

10:20 - 10:40 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

10:40 - 11:00 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

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

Locomotion and kinematics

11:30 - 11:50 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

11:50 - 12:10 Aquatic Swimming of a Multi-functional Pedundulatory Bio-Robotic Locomotor. Dimitris Tsakiris, Theodoros Evdaimon, Manos Papadakis

12:10 - 12:30 Emulating Balance Control Observed in Human Test Subjects with a Neural Network. Wade Hilts, Nicholas Szczecinski, Alexander Hunt, Roger Quinn

12:30 - 12:50 A Neuromechanical Rat Model with a Complete Set of Hind Limb Muscles. Fletcher Young, Alexander Hunt, Roger Quinn

13:00 -15:00 Lunch break


15:00 -15:20 Prioritized Sweeping Neural DynaQ with Multiple Predecessors, and Hippocampal Replays. Lise Aubin, Mehdi Khamassi, Benoît Girard

The control Architecture of Living MachinesThe control Architecture of Living Machines

16:20 - 17:00 Living Machine awards