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ASSISIbf Winter School

Lausanne, January 12.-14, 2016

Read about the winter school in our blog report

From bio-inspired to bio-hybrid (robotic) systems

ASSISIbf Winter School (PDF)

The goal of the winter school is to present the transition from bio-inspired systems, that are focused on developing technology, to bio-hybrid systems, where technology is in symbiosis with living systems. These bio-hybrid systems can make the best use of the properties of both components: biological and technological. For this, both systems and their interactions need to be modeled, in a more detailed way than for bio-inspired systems. During the school, examples will come from hybrid systems involving robots and bees, fish and plants. The school will consist of four main parts: a preparation (article reading), lectures, practicals, and a reporting part for students who would like to submit the result of their practical work for evaluation.


• The biology of bees-robot interaction (University of Graz – Artificial Life Lab)
• The technology of bees-robot interaction (University of Zagreb – LARICS)
• The biology of fish-robot interaction (Université Paris Diderot – LIED)
• The technology of fish-robot interaction (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – LSRO)
• Approaches to plant-robot interaction (University of Graz – Artificial Life Lab)
• Approaches to animal-robot interaction (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa — BioISI)


- Implement the Beeclust algorithm in the ASSISI Playground simulator
(Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa — BioISI)
- Implement “Bee” counting/density estimation (University of Graz – Artificial Life Lab)
- Communication layer between the Thymio-bee and zebrafish setups (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – LSRO)
- Automatic ethogram for zebrafish (Université Paris Diderot – LIED)
- Agent-based fish models / multi-species simulation (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa — BioISI)
- Plants models in robotics (Flora Robotica Project, University of Graz – Artificial Life Lab)

Involvement of participants
We expect from each participant the following effort:

- Preparation work: 6 paper reading (10 hours)
- Talks (6 hours) – Practicals (17 hours)
- Analysis and reporting (17 hours)
Total: 50 hours

Practical issues
Lectures and practicals will take place from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 18:00. The school will provide coffee breaks. Travel, accommodation and meals are in charge of the participants. Accepted participants will have to pay in advance a fee of 50 CHF.

Students interested in participating should submit their CV and a short motivation letter to by December 6, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 11, 2015. The number of participants will be limited to the available places for the practicals.