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Living Machines


The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems.

Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals. First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be used to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second, biomimetic technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient solutions to unsolved challenges in science and engineering.

Biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological component—an existing living system—and at least one artificial, newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity. The theme of the conference also encompasses biomimetic methods for manufacture, repair and recycling inspired by natural processes such as reproduction, digestion, morphogenesis and metamorphosis.

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Time: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Venue: Peterson Laboratory.


One full-day workshop is included in the conference registration price. Registration also includes the registration packet, access to conference talks and sessions, coffee breaks, welcome reception, and the conference proceedings.

*Student registrants are required to present a valid full-time university student photo ID card for onsite check-in.

Social event will be held in the evening, on Thursday, July 27, 2017. A three-hour private yacht charter on the San Francisco Bay with the featured presentation by robotics and animatronics expert Mark Setrakian. We will provide transportation to and from this event. Dinner cruise tickets are available for purchase at the top of the Shopping Cart webpage after you select your registration below.

All sales are final. No refunds. No cancellations. Processing fee is included in all prices.

If you have questions about registration or your order, please email Stanford Ticket Office or call 650-725-2787, Mon-Fri 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


One full-day workshop is included in the conference registration price. Please do not register and pay for a workshop because it is already included in the conference registration price.