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The International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) is an educational, non-profit, non-political organization formed in 2010 to foster the exchange of information on bionic engineering research, development and application. ISBE membership is open to those who have manifested a continuous interest in any discipline important to bionic engineering research as evidenced by work in the field, original contributions and attendance at meetings concerning bionic engineering research. ISBE is made up of 800 Individual Members coming from 51 different countries and regions and 6continents of the world. There are two classes of Members: Individual Member and Corporate Member.

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  • 1 Issue 2 2015 1Issue 2 2015

    ISBE Newsletter Sponsored by the International Society

    of Bionic Engineering (ISBE)

    Editor in ChiefLuquan Ren

    Associate Editors in ChiefJianqiao Li

    Runmao Wang

    Assistant Editor in ChiefXimei Tian

    Executive EditorYue Gao

    Office of Secretariat, ISBE

    Director: Runmao Wang Assistants: Ximei Tian, Yue GaoAddress:1202 Administrative Building,

    Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street,

    Changchun 130012, P. R. China

    Tel: +86-431-85166507Fax: +86-431-85166507E-mail: secretariat@isbe-online.org office@isbe-online.org

    Website: http://www.isbe-online.org/

    Published twice a year by the office of Secretariat, ISBE

    December 2015NEWSLETTERISBE

    CONTENTSMEMBERSHIP 2 1. Marc Weissburg2. Zhendong Dai

    NEWS AND EVENTS 71. IWBE 20152. Biomimetics Workshop 20153. Sino-German Symposium on Biomimetics 4. The 5th Meeting & International Workshop of BioApproNFS-Wett 5. Bionic Digital Library6. 3M-NANO7. Innovation Competition

    ACADEMICS 111. Some ideas to chew over2. Design of LARMbot, a new Humanoid with Parallel Mechanisms3. Hovering Insect-Inspired FlappingWing Micro Air Vehicles4. New Adjustable Biomimetic Hemi-pelvis Prosthesis for Pelvic Reconstruction5. Bionics has a distinct unique approach

    UPCOMING ACTIVITIES 181. ICBE162. CIMTEC 2016 3. Welcome to Living Machines 20164. ICAIRBM 2016

    Vol.4Issue 2December 2015

    NewsletterInternational Society of Bionic Engineering

    ISBE

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    Dr. Marc Weissburg is a Professor of

    Biology, and the co-director and founding

    member of the Center for Biologically

    Inspired Design at Georgia Institute of Technology.

    An ecologist by training, hes become an accidental

    bio-inspired designer through his interests in using

    engineering techniques as ways to investigate

    biological phenomena. Although this continues to

    be an important research area, he became confused

    somewhere and started to use his biological

    knowledge in to address human challenges.

    Alarmingly for him, a number of his colleagues have

    called him an engineer because he likes to solve

    problems! This kind of mixing of role and identity is

    one of the more interesting and compelling features

    of biologically inspired design in his view, and one of

    the chief reasons why he sticks with it, despite this

    meaning hes always poking his nose into things that

    are not part of his formal training.

    Dr. Weissburg began collaborating with engineers

    Members

    ISBE is made up of 800 Individual Members coming from 51 different countries and regions and 6

    continents of the world. There are two classes of Members: Individual Member and Corporate Member.

    The International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) is an educational, non-profit, non-political

    organization formed in 2010 to foster the exchange of information on bionic engineering research,

    development and application.

    ISBE membership is open to those who have manifested a continuous interest in any discipline important

    to bionic engineering research as evidenced by work in the field, original contributions and attendance at

    meetings concerning bionic engineering research.

    GROWTH CHART OF THE MEMBERSHIP

    MEMBERSHIP DISTRIBUTION

    ISBE Newsletter Members

    Marc Weissburg (USA) Board of Directors & Fellow of the ISBE

    to understand animal navigation by means of

    chemical signals distributed by flow. Identifying the

    strategies animals use to navigate through turbulent

    chemical plumes is impossible without knowing

    the spatial and temporal distribution of the signal

    molecules. This requirement led Dr. Weissburg into

    collaborating with experts in fluid mechanics who

    together developed a real time system for large scale

    simultaneous 3D visualization of navigating animals

    and chemical signal distribution. By understanding

    the algorithms animals use to find chemical sources,

    Dr. Weissburg and his colleagues were able to

    implement hypothesized rules in autonomous

    Page et al., 2010 JEB

    Tell me your secrets, little crab!

    Implementation

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    trackers. For a biologist this allowed a powerful test

    about what animals might be doing that cannot be

    obtained by working only with the organism. For

    others this has led to the development of biologically-

    based rules for autonomous navigation in turbulent

    chemical plumes.with ISBE to promote bio-inspired

    design as a practical, rigorous and innovative field of

    inquiry.

    Dr. Weissburgs interest in ecology led him to

    wonder whether ecological systems might provide

    useful principles for solving human challenges. A

    fortuitous meeting with engineers interested in

    sustainable systems provided an opportunity to work

    on this problem. Over the past 5 years Dr. Weissburg

    and his engineering colleagues have examined how

    ecological network analysis (ENA) can be used to

    design more sustainable infrastructure and industrial

    systems. ENA is a set of tools ecologists use to

    examine material and energy flow in food webs, but

    which can easily be applied to human systems that

    transfer material and energy among components. This

    necessitates an important change of view of human

    systems as ecosystems with the same functional

    Members

    Dr. Zhendong Dai is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and the

    director and founder of the Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface

    Engineering (IBSS) at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    (NUAA). As a tribologist, he has set a theory of tribo-irreversible thermo dynamics

    and use the idea to understand coupling interaction among various factors, which

    possess different physical dimensions and to model the system by ENTROPY. In

    2000, he jointed Grobs biological group in Institute of Development Biology, Max-

    Plank-Institute, Tuebingen, Germany, where he learned the language of biology,

    and got feeling that what engineers can do for biology. He started to design the

    3D sensors at that time and ask his friends to develop them even he was still in

    Germany. He came back China, set up the institute and started the hard pioneering

    days by crowded in a very small room with few followers. He also served as the Chair

    of the 4th International Conference of Bionic Engineering (ICBE13).

    By alluring Prof. Sun from Beijing University and collaborated cordially, Dai and

    his group were trained biological knowledge and learn to speak with biologist. He

    always feels not ashamed to learn from biologist and is willing to devote his energy

    in supporting the researches from biology. He and Sun drawn a schedule for IBSS,

    and closely worked together in finding a way to simulate animals locomotion, esp.

    gecko and pigeon, and by this way to understand how brain work during locomotion

    and how biological robot can be set up.

    He was acutely aware the importance of reaction force in clearly understanding

    the locomotion, developed 3D force sensors and set up a facility to measure the 3D

    Zhendong DaiBoard of Directors of the ISBE

    requirements and has helped

    define a new perspective:

    Infrastructure Ecology.

    This work has shown that

    despite decades of work on

    Industrial Ecology, human

    systems are not organized

    like their natural analogs,

    which diminished their

    capacity to cycle material

    and energy. The problem

    is organizational rather than technological. This

    work has led to a series of design rules that

    provide guidance for those wishing to build

    sustainable and resilient human industrial

    systems and infrastructure. Dr. Weissburg and

    colleagues are working with a variety of entities

    and companies (including US cities, BMW, Anshan

    Steel) that apply these techniques to reduce waste

    and create more cyclic systems.Dr. Weissburgs

    latest activity is the development of bio-inspired

    design methodology. The practice of bio-inspired

    design as a formal activity is new, and there is a

    need to define essential knowledge and develop

    a rigorous practice that can be taught to others.

    He has held several educational grants to develop

    interdisciplinary bio-inspired design curricula,

    works with high school and professional groups,

    and has numerous papers on effective teaching.

    He is proud to work with the ISBE to promote

    bio-inspired design as a practical, rigorous and

    innovative field of inquiry.

    Both food webs and industrial webs represent exchanges in material and energy and may described using ENA

    ISBE Secretariat is always calling for news and ideas among our members, if there is any information you would like to include in the future edition of newsletter, please feel free to contact us.

    Email: secretariat@isbe-online.org; office@isbe-online.org

    Tel/ Fax: +86-431-85166507

    Address: 1202 Administrative Building, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun P. R. China

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