Special Issue "Biorobotics: Challenges, Technologies, and Trends"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Mechanical Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Teresa Zielinska
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Guest Editor
Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics (IAAM), Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
Interests: biologically inspired methods of motion synthesis and design in legged-locomotion; robot control systems; novel robotic systems; autonomous navigation; human–robot interfaces

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting your submissions to this Special Issue on “Biorobotics: Challenges, Technologies, and Trends”.

Human beings have been always fascinated by the motion of animals. Initially, this interest was confined to the representation of moving creatures in art—especially paintings and sculpture. Later on, this fascination caused the construction of articulated or moving figures and toys, and it had not only an artistic but also pragmatic reason. Centuries before modern robotics and computers, Ismail Al-Jazari (XII AC) was building the first automated, useful devices using the concept of programming; therefore, he is considered as one of the fathers of modern robotics. Many of those constructions took human or animal form.

The idea of useful devices progressed to the design of complex mechanisms capable of propulsion and manipulation. At the end of this trend, service robots emerged.

In our days, significant progress in the current development of powerful robots is achieved not only due to the advanced technologies and due to imitation of the animals’ body shape, but also due to the application of biologically inspired methods in design and control. Efficient methods of robot motion generation refer to the biological and neurological backgrounds.

Biorobotics comprises, in a creative way, the knowledge from engineering, cybernetics, bionics, biology, psychology, and neurology for developing the new robot designs. However, the study of biological patterns for the purpose of a technical world does not mean that the best design ideas can be obtained by copying and imitating. Biology through natural selection delivers the satisfactory solution in the current living conditions. Biological patterns shall be used as the suggestions for the search of effective technical design, and they can be applied, or modified or even rejected.

Another biologically inspired trend in engineering is the combination of technical and biological components in useful devices; the bio-bots (biological robots) are the bio-integrated robots using live cells as the components.

The Special Issue on “Biorobotics: Challenges, Technologies, and Trends” will be devoted to this fascinating and promising area. The broad thematic range of papers covering the recent challenges, technologies, and research trends will offer to readers the knowledge and inspirations for developing the novel robots.

Prof. Dr. Teresa Zielinska
Guest Editor

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  • Bio-inspired motion design and synthesis methods
  • Novel design solutions inspired by the living world
  • Biologically inspired robotic technologies
  • The biological, neurological, and psychological fundamentals contributing to robotics

Published Papers

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