Smart solution from the Plant Kingdom: beyond the animal models

Workshop - ore 9.00

In collaborazione con l’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia e l’Università degli Studi di Firenze

Biomimetics is attracting the interest of a growing number of scientists and researchers worldwide. The Plant Kingdom represents an amazing source of inspiration for designing and developing smart solutions in different fields. Mimicking plants requires deep investigation of new materials, mechanisms, sensors, actuators, and control schemes and can lead to breakthrough advances of technologies.
In this workshop, we wish to contribute to the discussion on the development of biomimetic solutions inspired by plants. In particular, this workshop will look at the importance of integrating knowledge coming from different fields, as biology, engineering, chemistry, computer science, and physics to conceive and develop advanced systems, with the objectives of:
 providing an authoritative overview of solutions inspired by plants;
 stimulating a fruitful and attractive discussion on this emerging scientific area;
 creating an occasion in which scientists and engineers can offer different perspectives and viewpoints in developing a new class of biomimetic solutions, which exhibit different performance in terms of materials, fabrication technologies, sensors, actuators, computing solutions, etc.;
 outlining the current opportunities and challenges of biomimetics approach.
The objectives of the workshop are to share and discuss in a broad community the current state of the art concerning the researches in the research areas that look at plants for as inspiration source, to analyze the potentiality of field and how it can impact in future technologies in general, as well as to encourage collaborations and inspire the exploration of novel research lines or projects.

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