IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Barry Trimmer Public Lecture: Soft Animals and Soft Robots: The Path to Living Machines

12 December 2017, 5.20 PM - 12 December 2017, 6.30 PM

Barry Trimmer

Peel Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences

IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Barry Trimmer will give a public lecture entitled Soft Animals and Soft Robots: The Path to Living Machines.

Synopsis: Worms, caterpillars, snails and squid – squishy critters that we normally avoid (unless they are good to eat!). Surely these animals have little to do with the development of new robots and medical prosthetics? However, it turns out that studying these neglected animals is helping to drive a whole new field of engineering called Soft Robotics. The promise of this technology is that we will have assistive devices in the home, office and hospital, machines that are safe to hold and to use in delicate environments –an entirely new view of robots as biocompatible helpers. In this talk Professor Trimmer will present a personal journey from the biology of insect brains to his current work building some of the first mobile soft robots. Some of this work lead could lead to a futuristic and controversial world in which humans share their environment with living machines that are grown in incubators instead of forged in factories.

All welcome, and the lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. 

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