A Workshop on
Fully sponsored by IEEE RAS TC on Biorobotics

Biologically Inspired Based Strategies for Hybrid and Multi-Modal Locomotion
a Workshop affiliated with IROS, November 2013
Fully supported by IEEE RAS TC on Biorobotics

Statement of objectives

This workshop intends to deal with the challenges of applying biologically based concepts to improve the capabilities of robots with a particular focus on hybrid and multi-modal locomotion in air, water and on ground. Indeed, recent advances in biorobotics have reduced the gap between robotists and biologists, as mechatronic systems and robots are controlled in a way that reflects better understanding of the complex living organisms. Nevertheless, the gap remains huge.

Biologically based concepts for hybrid and multi-modal locomotion have revealed new challenges regarding mechanical design, sensor integration, control theory, robustness, adaptability etc. These challenges must be overcome if we are to significantly reduce the performance gap that exists between biological and robotic systems. In addition to low-power systems and portability, which are vital challenges that limit substantially any successful biorobotic based application the proposed paradigms should also take into account issues related to scalability and security.

As continuity of the successful previous editions of this workshop held at IROS2009, IROS2011, and BioROB’12 respectively, The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Advisory Committee on Biorobotics is seeking relevant contributions addressing but are not limited to the topics presented in section “List of Topics”.

Intended audience

The proposed workshop will gather scientist and engineer researchers from different backgrounds to discuss and learn about this highly interdisciplinary field. The workshop will be divided into three sessions with two keynote speakers for each session. The first session will initiate discussions about the state of the art, challenges and limiting factors for developing sustainable solutions for biologically inspired based approaches for hybrid and multi-modal locomotion. The second session will include papers presentation and finally, a wrap-up session devoted to outline the workshop's conclusions, identifying the critical issues that deserve further analysis, and drawing possibilities of future collaborations. An important goal of this workshop is to collect different feedback through lively and productive discussions.

The solicited papers address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Bipedal jumping and landing robot
  • Bio-inspired climbing robot
  • Swimming robots
  • Flying robots
  • Jumping and gliding robots
  • Energetic cost of transport for miniature robotics
  • Advanced actuation for hybrid robotics