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Animal behavior turned into robots and more at 4th international AMAM symposium
Date:5/15/2008

CLEVELANDBuilding a machine that moves like a cockroach, salamander, fish or another creature is no easy task. Over 100 of the worlds pioneering engineers, biologists and neuroscientists who have contributed to building biologically inspired robots will be on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, June 1-6, to discuss new developments in the field of biorobotics during the Fourth International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines (AMAM).

Its science fiction of yesteryear turned into todays reality. A Robot Zoo of crawling, leaping, creeping and swimming mechanical devices with names like AMOS-WD06, Robot III and AmphiBot will be on public display on Thursday, June 5, at Clevelands Great Lakes Science Center to showcase how scientists and engineers have collaborated and translated animal behavior and movement dynamics into mechanical devices.

Case Western Reserve researchers like Roy Ritzmann from biology and Roger Quinn from engineering have collaborated to build robots based on how cockroaches move. The event is organized to create a maximum of interactions between the biologists, engineers and neuroscientists working on robots, said Ritzmann, the symposiums general chair.

The events keynote speakers include:

  • Paolo Dario from Scuola Superiore SantAnna (ARTS Lab-Advance Robotics Technology and Systems Laboratory) has been directly involved in a number of robotic projects, with one of the latest being computer assisted surgery and rehabilitation.
  • Hiroshi Kimura from the Kyoto Institute of Technology (Division of Mechanical and System Engineering) is developing a series of biologically inspired robots called Tekken with the capabilities of walking over irregular terrains.
  • Hunter Peckham from Case Western Reserve Universitys department of biomedical engineering and executive director of the Cleveland FES Center is building on the information learned about animal motions
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Contact: Susan Griffith
susan.griffith@case.edu
216-368-1004
Case Western Reserve University
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