Please find below the second call for participation to the 7th edition of
Living Machines. Apologies for cross-posting but please share this
announcement with your colleagues.
*Deadline extended: March 30*
Looking forward to seeing you in Paris!
The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on
our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying living
systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial
*Biomimetics* is the development of novel technologies through the
distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The
investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals.
First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be used
to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second, biomimetic
technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient solutions to
unsolved challenges in science and engineering.
*Biohybrid* systems are formed by combining at least one biological
component—an existing living system—and at least one artificial,
newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both
directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity. The
theme of the conference also encompasses biomimetic methods for
manufacture, repair and recycling inspired by natural processes such as
reproduction, digestion, morphogenesis and metamorphosis.
The following are some examples of “Living Machines” as featured at past
• Biomimetic robots and their component technologies (sensors,
actuators, processors) that
can interact with their physical and social environments.
• Biomimetic computers and architectures —neuromimetic emulations of
the physiological basis for complex adaptive behaviour.
• Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organize and
• Nature-based designs and manufacturing processes.
• Biohybrid brain-machine interfaces and neuronal implants and
• Artificial organs and body-parts including sensory organ-chip
hybrids and advanced prostheses and cyber-physical systems.
• Organism-level biohybrids and symbiosis such as robot-animal or
The main conference will take the form of a *three-day single-track oral *
and* poster presentation programme*, 17th to 19th July 2018, Museum
National D’Histoire Naturelle, Grand Amphitéâtre du Museum, and UPMC, Paris,
The conference programme will include *five plenary lectures* from leading
international researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems, and the
demonstrations of state-of-the-art living machine technologies.
The full conference will be preceded by up to two days of *Satellite Events*
hosted at École Normale Supérieure, Paris.
*SUBMITTING TO LIVING MACHINES 2018*
We invite both *full papers* and *extended abstracts *in areas related to
the conference themes. All contributions will be refereed, and accepted
papers will appear in the Living Machines Proceedings, published in
the* Springer-Verlag Lecture
Notes in Artificial Intelligence.*
Full papers (minimum 8 pages, up to 12 pages) are invited from researchers
at any stage in their career and should present significant findings and
advances in biomimetic or biohybrid research. More preliminary work is
better suited for short paper submission (minimum 4 pages, with a maximum
of ten references and no more than three self-citations). Full papers will
be accepted for either oral presentation (single track) or poster
presentation with a short podium preview. Extended abstracts will be
accepted for poster presentation only.
Authors of the best full papers will be invited to submitted extended
versions of their paper for publication in a special issue of the Taylor &
Francis journal *Connection Science*.
Attendance at satellite events will attract a small fee intended to cover
the costs of the meeting. There is flexibility about the content,
organisation, and budgeting for these events. Please contact us if you are
interested in organising a satellite event!
March 30th, 2018 Paper submission deadline
April 28th, 2018 Notification of acceptance
May 15th, 2018 Camera-ready copy
July 16th – 19th, 2018 Workshops and Conference
Organisations wishing to sponsor the conference in any way and gain the
corresponding benefits by promoting themselves and their products through
conference publications, conference events, and conference publicity
to contact the organisers to discuss the terms of sponsorship and necessary
arrangements. We also offer a number of attractive options to potential