• 2nd International Workshop on Insect bio-inspired micro-technologies

  • Bio-inspiration is taking off big time, worldwide: from hydrophobic surfaces, structural colors, neuromophic computing to a wild array of bio-inspired robots, just to name a few. Whole research institutes, from China to Harvard, are now harbouring entire teams that would place bio-inspiration as the core moto of their science developments.  With millions of species, insects are in this respect a cornucopia for bioinspiration. The miniaturization of the nuts and bolts within insects, combined with speed and precision of control, is furthermore a marvel. Beyond their sheer number which implies a multitude of possible models, insects are thus an excellent source of bio-inspired designs because of their size, of the order of the millimeter, which matches in many ways the one of micro- and nano-technological systems. This often promotes system scale approach as a more sound method for the observer.
    Following the highly successful workshop in Tours in 2017 (see https://intelligencedespatrimoines.fr/insect-bio-inspired-microtechnology/), we have again collated a series of speeches from international speakers which balances biology, physics and engineering. We believe these works and visions to be of the highest interest to microtechnologists, systems engineers and biologists.
    This second international workshop is funded by the CNRS INEE within the RTP (réseau thématique pluridisciplinaire) "Bioinspiration", by the CEA-Leti Carnot Chair in "Bioinspired microtechnologies", and supported by « Intelligence des Patrimoines », an interdisciplinary programme for research and innovation at the Région Centre-Val de Loire.
    Jérôme Casas (University of Tours and LETI/Carnot chair in bio-inspired technologies)
    Thomas Alava (CEA LETI)
    Susana Bonnetier (CEA LETI & Carnot Program)
  • Program

    While there are no further slots for speakers, we will have a poster session on Thursday 21st.
    Please indicate if you want to present a poster and its title on the registration form.

    Speakers who have confirmed their presence so far:

    Antony Leonardo, Janelia Farm, USA – Remote neuroethology: recordings of neural signals in aerial pursuits between insects and their prey
    Bodo Wilts, Fribourg, CH – Functional optical materials in insects
    Jake Socha, Virginia Tech, USA – Biomechanical mechanisms of fluidic pumping in insects
    Pascal Damman, University of Mons, Belgium - The rheology of nectar collection in bees and technological applications
    Yasser Aboelkassem, University of California, San Diego, USA - Insect based pumping and applications to microfluidics
    Johan van Leuwen, University of Wageningen, NL – Functional morphology of Needle-like organs in insects
    Thomas Engels, Freie Universität, Berlin, D – Computational aerodynamics of insects in turbulent flows
    Elisabetta Chicca, Universität Bielefeld, D – Insect inspired neuromorphic computing
    Marc Desmulliez, University of Edinburgh, UK – Computer-aided nature-inspired design, where are we?
    Hirotaka Sato, Nayang Technological University, Singapore – Remote control of cyborg insects
    Elisa Vianello, CEA-Leti, Grenoble, FR - Resistive memories for neuromorphic hardware  
    Salim Boutami, CEA-Leti, Grenoble, FR - From bio-inspired to optimized non-intuitive nanophotonics
    Xavier Gidrol, CEA, Grenoble, FR - Organs & organoids on chip; a brief history of the future of biochips
  • Committee
    Jérôme Casas (University of Tours and LETI/Carnot chair in bio-inspired technologies)
    Thomas Alava (CEA LETI)
    Susana Bonnetier (CEA & Carnot)
  • Venue
    The 2nd International Workshop on Insect bio-inspired micro-technologies
    will take place in

    MINATEC Campus, Grenoble, (France) 
    3 parvis Louis Néel
    38054 Grenoble cedex 9


    Bus shuttles

    Bus shuttles from the Lyon Saint Exupery airport are available every hour to go to Grenoble bus station (which is close to the city center and to the conference site). Please refer to the Ouibus website.
  • About Leti
    Leti, a technology research institute at CEA Tech, is a global leader in miniaturization technologies enabling smart, energy-efficient and secure solutions for industry. Founded in 1967, Leti pioneers micro- and nanotechnologies, tailoring differentiating applicable solutions for global companies, SMEs and startups.
    Leti tackles critical challenges such as healthcare, energy and ICTs. From sensors to data processing and computing solutions, Leti’s multidisciplinary teams deliver solid expertise, leveraging world-class pre-industrialization facilities.
    With a staff of more than 1,900, a portfolio of 2,700 patents, 91,500 sq. ft. of cleanroom space and a clear IP policy, the institute is based in Grenoble, France, and has offices in Silicon Valley and Tokyo. Leti has launched 60 startups and is a member of the Carnot Institutes network.
  • About CNRS
    The French National Centre for Scientific Research is among the world's leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and how human societies function, in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. Internationally recognized for the excellence of its scientific research, the CNRS is a reference for the world of research and development, as well as for the general public. Entirely led by scientists, CNRS has been entrusted with the role of advancing knowledge for the benefit of society. CNRS seeks to accomplish this mission while respecting ethical rules and showing commitment to scientific excellence and professional equality.
  • About IRBI
    The Institute for Insect Biology Research, in Tours, is part of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and is hosted by the University of Tours. This laboratory includes 37 staff researchers, 18 engineers and 15 Ph.D. students. IRBI is dedicated to the analysis of adaptative and evolutionary processes, at each organisation level, from the genome to the community level. Research is centered around concepts and methods of ecology, functional morphology, genetics and evolutionary biology. IRBI studies are unique in terms of the models used and the insects studied, and employs an integrative approach to tackling challenges and scientific questions. IRBI research topics are carried out by three independent teams: IMIP (Biodiversity), ESORE (Social evolution) and INOV (Mechanisms to adapt to global changes).
  • About Intelligence des Patrimoines
    Intelligence des Patrimoines is an interdisciplinary Ambition-Research-Development (ARD) programme for research in the service of innovation, training and entrepreneurship, offering a new understanding of cultural and natural heritage of the Loire Valley. Funded by the Région Centre-Val de Loire and coordinated by the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance de Tours, the programme brings together 9 teaching and research institutions (Université de Tours, CNRS, INRA, Université d’Orléans, IRSTEA, BRGM, ESCEM, INSA Centre-Val de Loire and Le Studium), 32 research laboratories and around 360 researchers. Working closely with local socio-economic stakeholders, the programme fosters interdisciplinary research and scientific innovation in the field of heritage. Through the use of digital data and the latest digital technologies, it develops innovative methods, services and projects for an unprecedented approach to the promotion of the region.
  • Registration 
    26 Avenue Jean Kuntzmann
    38330 Montbonnot Saint Martin
    Tel: +33 825 595 525 (0,15€/min*)
    Fax: +33 4 38 38 18 19
    Information desk
    monday to friday from 2pm to 5pm
    Institut de Recherche en Biologie de l'Insecte
    IRBI UMR CNRS 7261
    37200 Tours France
    Jérôme Casas
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