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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.

Lectures

• 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)

Practicals

- 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.

Application
Students interested in participating should submit their CV and a short motivation letter to Francesco.Mondada@epfl.ch 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.