Biorobotics: How much can we learn and copy from nature?

Joint event in collaboration with Kingston & Croydon Branch from King's College London Robotics Society and IEEE United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (UK&RI) Section

Date:
Wednesday 14 October 2009

Time:
17:00 - 18:00

Venue:
Room K2.40, King's Building, KCL, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

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Abstract

FW: Seminar on Biorobotics (KCL, 5-6pm, Wed 14 Oct 2009)

"I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details." - Albert Einstein

Some Biologists and other scientists study the human genome to better understand God's thoughts and motivation when he created life, and then they implement their understanding, for example in new treatments and medications. Some roboticists use similar methods when developing new robotic systems. They explore how biological systems functions. These studies often result in a Bio-inspired robotic system or in short Biorobotics. We at BRML implement this approach while developing our Bioinspired robots.

In my talk I will briefly review and comment on more than 80 years of evolution in the field of robotics focusing on Biorobotics. I will then give examples on some of the research and development methods used by scientists when developing new and futuristic Biorobotic systems.


Biography:

Dr. Wolf earned all his academic degrees from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion I.I.T. In 2002, Dr. Wolf joined the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA) as a researcher, where he co-heads the Biomedical Robotics Lab. In parallel to that he also held a research faculty position at the Institute for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital and an adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh. In March of 2006, Dr. Wolf joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion, where he founded and is the director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab (BRML). The scope of work done in the BRML provides the framework for fundamental theories in kinematics biomechanics and mechanism design, with applications in Biomechanics and Bio-robotics (Bio-inspired robots).