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Humanlike Robots - the ultimate challenge to biomimetics

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orange County Chapter

Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Humanlike Robots - the ultimate challenge to biomimetics


Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Ph.D.,

Senior Research Scientist and Group Supervisor, http://ndeaa.jpl.nasa.gov

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA



Biomimetics is the field of science and engineering that seeks to understand and use nature as a model for copying, adapting and inspiring concepts and designs. Evolution led to effective solutions to nature’s challenges that a continually being improved over millions of years. Humans have always made efforts to use nature as a model for innovation and problems solving. In recent years, these efforts have intensified where systematic studies are leading to better understanding of nature and to application of more sophisticated capabilities. As part of the field of biomimetics, scientists are seeking rules, concepts, mechanisms and principles of biology to inspire new engineering possibilities including methods of manufacturing, mechanisms, materials, processes, and algorithms.Some of the benefits that resulted are improved structures, actuators, sensors, interfaces, control, software, drugs, defense, intelligence and many others. The emergence of new technologies are enabling even further acceleration of the capability to mimic and be inspired by nature including the development of humanlike robots with capabilities that used to be considered science fiction ideas. In this lecture, the latest development, the potential and challenges will be reviewed and discussed.




Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen is a Senior Research Scientist and Supervisor of the Advanced Technologies Group at JPL.   He received his Ph.D. in Physics (1979) from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.  His research is focused on electro-mechanics including planetary sample handling mechanisms, novel actuators that are driven by such materials as piezoelectric and EAP (also known as artificial muscles) and biomimetics. In his NDEAA lab (http://ndeaa.jpl.nasa.gov/), he led the development of many novel methods and mechanisms. In the materials called composites, he discovered the ultrasonic wave phenomena polar backscattering (1979) and leaky lamb waves (1983). He co-edited and co-authored 8 books, co-authored over 360 publications, made numerous presentations at national and international conferences, co-chaired 45 conferences, and has 25 registered patents.  He initiated the SPIE conference on artificial muscles, which he has been chairing since 1999.  Dr. Bar-Cohen challenged engineers and scientists worldwide to develop a robotic arm driven by artificial muscles to wrestle with humans and win. He organized the first wrestling contest in 2005.  For his contributions to the field of artificial muscles, Business Week named him in April 2003 one of five technology gurus who are “Pushing Tech's Boundaries.”  His accomplishments earned him two NASA Honor Award Medals, two SPIE’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SPIE’s President’s Award and many other honors and awards. Also, he is a Fellow of two technical societies: ASNT and SPIE.  

TIME: 6:30 - 7 pm Networking

            7 - 8 pm Presentation


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Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Rd
Room 111
Irvine, CA 92618

Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orange County Chapter

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS), Orange County Section EMBS Chapter is a professional organization for engineers and engineering students who are interested in the bio-medical devices or instrumentation area. We have over 100 local EMBS members and 3000 IEEE members interested in EMBS. Our mission is to provide an open forum for engineers, physicians, biologists and other researchers, and healthcare policy makers to encourage innovation, continuous education, career development, and collaboration through networking, discussion and sharing cutting-edge technology. We invite renowned experts and speakers to present topics in bio-medical engineering areas that have a broad interest for members. All interested members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings.

Please visit our website http://sites.ieee.org/ocs/welcome-to-ieee-orange-county-section-embs-chapter-website/

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