Living organisms have been a great source of inspiration for engineers to develop actuators, sensors, devices, and robots. Studying the natural phenomena of living organisms allows us to understand and copy their structures and functions at different scales. Ideas gleaned from the principles of biological systems can also be used to develop new technologies and devices that mimic or even surpass biological models. Advances in biofabrication are fostering the development of biohybrid systems based on extracted or engineered tissues. The merging of physiology and miniature electronics allows us to use living organisms as biohybrid robots by tapping into their sensing capabilities, and/or stimulating their neuromuscular or neural areas to drive motor actions for desired behaviors. The development of the fields of biomimetics, bioinspired and biohybrid systems requires the collaboration of scientists and engineers from different disciplines, as well as the training of a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers with expertise in different disciplines such as biology, chemistry, medicine, materials science, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, optics and robotics. Therefore, the goal of this workshop is to foster interaction between scientists and engineers from different fields and different career stages. In particular, we hope to provide the audience with a general picture of how biological subjects are investigated, how systems can be developed at different scales using various approaches such as bioinspiration, biomimetics, and biohybrid. We will also provide information on current trends and future directions through keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Topics of interest

  • Bioinspiration
  • Biomimetics
  • Biohybrid (cyborg)
  • Biofabrication
  • Micro/Nano robots
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology

This workshop is organized by experts working on bioinspired, biomimetic and biohybrid systems worldwide. It will include keynote lectures by well-known experts, flash talks and posters by young scientists, and will allow active discussions and exchanges between researchers from different fields. The workshop will be attractive to both biologists and engineers. While engineers can learn from biologists about structures, functions, and physiology of living organisms to develop biomimetic, bioinspired, and biohybrid devices, biologists can use artificial robots to investigate and verify biological functions of living organisms. In addition, biologists and engineers can collaborate to develop innovative tools and methods for deciphering biological organisms and building advanced bioinspired or biohybrid systems. Thus, this workshop will serve as a catalyst for many potential collaborations among organizers, speakers, and participants. In addition, we hope that this workshop can inspire many young researchers to follow an interdisciplinary path that will help to shape the new driving forces for the future development of bio-inspired and biohybrid systems.

Tentative schedule

8:30Opening remark
8:40Talk 1Invited Speakers
9:00Talk 2Invited Speakers
9:20Talk 3Invited Speakers
9:40Talk 4Invited Speakers
10:00Coffee break
Poster session
Contributed abstracts
11:00Talk 5Invited Speakers
11:20Talk 6Invited Speakers
11:40Talk 7Invited Speakers
12:00Talk 8Invited Speakers
12:20Closing remarksOrganizers

All the speakers will be confirmed once the workshop is approved.

Call for contributions

We invite submission for 1-2 page extended abstract of your preliminary result or recently published work for flash presentations and poster presentations at the workshop.

Submission deadline: TBA
Acceptance notification: TBA

Note: The contributions to this workshop will not be published in the conference proceeding. However, we will upload the accepted abstracts and maintain them on the workshop home page. Please contact vodoan[at]bio.uni-freiburg.de if you encounter any technical issue with the submission.


The attendants should register for the workshop through IEEE EMBC 2023.

Link: TBA


T. Thang Vo-Doan, Institute of Biology I, University of Freiburg, Germany

Thanh Nho Do, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia

Hirotaka Sato, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Toshio Fukuda, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meijo University, Japan

Baranidharan Raman, Mckelvey School of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, USA 

Ritu Raman, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Victoria Webster-Wood, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Valdivia y Alvarado Pablo, Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Umezu Shinjiro, School of Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University, Japan

Tahmid Latif, School of Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology, USA

Alper Bozkurt, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA

Yao Li, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

Kan Shoji, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan