Workshop – Insect bio-inspired microtechnology


Thursday 30th November & Friday 1st December 2017
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie, Salle la Halle aux Draps
Tours, France

Organized by

Jérôme CASAS, Professor, University of Tours – CNRS – Institut Universitaire de France

Barbara DE SALVO, Scientific Director of CEA – Leti of Grenoble, France




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The international workshop “Insect bio-inspired microtechnology”, funded by the CNRS INEE within the RTP (réseau thématique pluridisciplinaire) “Bioinspiration”, and supported by the CEA-Leti Chair in “Bioinspired microtechnologies”, is organised as part of Intelligence des Patrimoines, an interdisciplinary programme for research and innovation coordinated by the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance (Centre for Advanced Renaissance Studies) for the Université de Tours. This programme, supported by the Région Centre-Val de Loire, seeks to understand the processes of heritage, whether cultural or natural, tangible or intangible, and organizes itself in interdisciplinary topic projects on major heritage items.


Bio-inspiration is taking off big times, worldwide: from hydrophobic surfaces, structural colors, neuromophic computing to a wild array of bio-inspired robots, just to name a few. Whole research institutes are now harboring this name, from China to Harvard. Insects are a fantastic source of ideas, tricks and system level solutions, in particular at the microtechnological scale. This is the realm of mechanics, material science and computing, again to name only a few. We have thus collated a series of speeches, balancing biology, physics and engineering which should be of highest interest to organismal biologists, microtechnologists and systems engineers.


Scientific programme

Thursday 30th November, 2017

8:30 am | Welcome coffee

8:45 am | Official opening

Benoist PIERRE, Director of the CESR and Intelligence des Patrimoines programme (University of Tours – CNRS)

9:00 am | Scientific opening

Jérôme CASAS, Professor (University of Tours – CNRS – Institut Universitaire de France)

Barbara DE SALVO, Scientific Director of CEA – Leti Grenoble, France


—First session: material sciences and adhesion

9:15 am – 9:40 am

Stanislav GORB (University of Kiel – Zoological Institute / Germany)

Biologically inspired structure-based adhesives: Where are we now?

9:40 am – 10:05 am

Tristan GILET (University of Liège / Belgium)

The capillary adhesion of dock beetle tarsi: a source of inspiration for microrobotic pick-and-place

10:05 am – 10:30 am

Maryam TADAYON (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces / Germany)

Materials level characterization of the spider Cupiennius salei metatarsal lyriform organ in relation to its dual-functionality as a proprioceptor and as an exteroceptors

10:30 am – 10:55 am

Walter FEDERLE (University of Cambridge – Department of Zoology / United Kingdom)

Walking on the ceiling: biomechanics of surface adhesion in insects


Second session: neuromorphic computing

11:20 am – 11:45 am

Christian GAMRAT (CEA ‐ List / France)

From silkworms to bugs: information processing toward new paradigms

11:45 am – 12:10 pm

Sabina SPIGA (CNR Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems / Italy)

Memristive devices for brain-inspired computing: From materials and devices to applications

12:10 pm – 12:35 pm

Marc DURANTON (CEA ‐ List / France)

How bio-inspiration lead to the new hype on Artificial Intelligence

12:35 pm – 1:00 pm

Eric MÜLLER (Universität Heidelberg – Kirchhoff‐Institute for Physics / Germany)

Simulating without a computer – Physical models of neural circuits


Third session: sensors

2:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Daniel ROBERT (University of Bristol / United Kingdom)

The bee, the flower and the Coulomb force: towards an electric ecology of pollination

2:55 pm – 3:20 pm

James WINDMILL (University of Strathclyde – Electronic and Electrical Engineering/ United Kingdom)

Biologically Inspired Acoustic Sensors – From Insect Ear to 3D Device

3:20 pm – 3:45 pm

Claire RIND (Newcastle University – Institute of Neuroscience / United Kingdom)

Raising the alarm: a bioinspired circuit for looming detection

3:45 pm – 4:10 pm

Gijs KRIJNEN (University of Twente / Netherlands)

In Search of Fabrication Tools for Insect-Inspired Transducers


Fourth session: bio-inspiration: new techniques and approaches

4:35 pm – 5:00 pm

Thomas AVALA & Yves FOUILLET (CEA ‐ Leti / France)

Opportunities offered by the biomimetic approach for the development of microsensors and microfluidic circuits and vice versa

5:00 pm – 5:25 pm

Jérôme CASAS (University of Tours/CNRS – IRBI / France)

The contribution of physical ecology to insect-inspired micro-technology

5:25 pm – 5:50 pm

Thomas VAN DE KAMP (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology / Germany)

Fast X-ray imaging and semi-automated analysis of insects


—Bio-inspiration: back to the origins

5:50 am – 6:35 pm

Pascal BRIOIST (University of Tours/CNRS – CESR / France)

Leonardo da Vinci and bio-inspiration


Friday 1st December, 2017

8:30 am | Welcome coffee


Fifth session: locomotion

8:50 am – 9:15 am

Barbara WEBB (University of Edinburgh – Informatics Forum / United Kingdom)

How insects exploit physics for efficient locomotion and navigation

9:15 am – 9:40 am

Richard BOMPHREY (Royal Veterinary College, University of London – Structure and Motion Laboratory / United Kingdom)

Aerial sense-and-avoid technology based on a nocturnal mosquito model

9:40 am – 10:05 am

Ramiro GODOY-DIANA (ESPCI Paris – Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes / France)

Insect-inspired flapping wings

10:05 am – 10:30 am

Stéphane VIOLLET (Institut des Sciences du Mouvement / France)

From fly to robot and vice versa


Sixth session: towards the future

10:55 am – 11:20 am

Paul VERSCHURE (Pompeu Fabra University – Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems / Spain)

Towards a system level model of the insect nervous system

11:20 am – 11:45 am

Metin SITTI (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems / Germany)

Insect-inspired attachment materials and small-scale mobile robots

11:45 pm – 12:30 pm

European project discussion

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