Living Machines III: the 3rd Intl Conf on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (July 2014, Milan Italy)

Dates: 30 July – 1 August 2014
Location: Museo Nazionale Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci, Milan, Italy
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 28 March 2014

Accepted papers will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

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 systems.

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 following are some examples:
•      Biomimetic robots and their component technologies (sensors, actuators, processors) that can intelligently interact with their environments.
•      Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organize and self-repair.
•      Biomimetic computers—neuromimetic emulations of the physiological basis for intelligent behaviour.
•      Biohybrid brain-machine interfaces and neural implants.
•      Artificial organs and body-parts including sensory organ-chip hybrids and intelligent prostheses.
•      Organism-level biohybrids such as robot-animal or robot-human systems.


The main conference will take the form of a three-day single-track oral and poster presentation programme, 30th July to 1st August 2014, hosted at the Museo Nazionale Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan (

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 by the Instituto Italiano di Technologia in Milan.


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 2014 proceedings published in the Springer-Verlag LNAI Series.   Submissions should be made before the advertised deadline via the Springer submission site:

Full papers (upto 12 pages) are invited from researchers at any stage in their career but should present significant findings and advances in biomimetic or biohybid research; more preliminary work would be better suited to extended abstract submission (3 pages). Further details of submission formats will be circulated in an updated CfP and will be posted on the conference web-site.

Full papers will be accepted for either oral presentation (single track) or poster presentation. 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 Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

Satellite events

Active researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems are invited to propose topics for 1-day or 2-day tutorials, symposia or workshops on related themes to be held 28-29th July at Italian Institute of Technology in Milan. Events can be scheduled on either the 28th or 29th or across both days. Attendance at satellite events will attract a small fee intended to cover the costs of the meeting.  There is a lot of flexibility about the content, organisation, and budgeting for these events.  Please contact us if you are interested in organising a satellite event!


March 14th, 2014 Paper submission deadline
April 29th, 2014 Notification of acceptance
May 20th, 2014 Camera ready copy
July 29-August 2nd 2014 Conference


Living Machines 2014 is sponsored by the Convergent Science Network (CSN) for Biomimetics and Neurotechnology. CSN is an EU FP7 Future Emerging Technologies Co-ordination Activity that also organises two highly successful workshop series: the Barcelona Summer School on Brain, Technology and Cognition ( and the Capoccaccia Neuromorphic Cognitive Engineering Workshop (

The 2014 Living Machines conference will also be hosted and sponsored by the Instituto Italiano di Technologia (

Call for Sponsors.  Other organisations wishing to sponsor the conference in any way and gain the corresponding benefits by promoting themselves and their products to through conference publications, the conference web-site, and conference publicity are encouraged to contact the conference organisers to discuss the terms of sponsorship and necessary arrangements. We offer a number of attractive and good-value packages to potential sponsors.


Living Machines 2014 continues our practice of hosting our annual meeting in an inspirational venue related to the conference themes. The scientific and technological genius Leonardo da Vinci drew much of his inspiration from biology and invented many biomimetic artefacts. We are therefore delighted that this year’s conference will be hosted at the Da Vinci museum of Science and Technology in Milan, one of the largest technology museums in Europe and host to a collection of working machines that realise many of Da Vinci’s ideas. We look forward to seeing you in Milan.

Organising Committee:

Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield (Co-chair)
Paul Verschure, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Co-chair)
Armin Duff, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Program Chair)
Giorgio Metta, Instituto Italiano di Technologia (Local Organizer)
Barbara Mazzolai, Instituto Italiano di Technologia (Local Organiser)
Anna Mura, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Communications)
Nathan Lepora, University of Bristol (Communications)


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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