Autonomous Behaviour in Living and Robotic Matter 2020

- Rescheduled to 1-5 March 2021 -

20 - 24 April 2020

Venue: Lorentz Center@Snellius

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This workshop has been rescheduled to 1 - 5 March 2021

Description and Aim
Emergent materials have properties and behaviours that result from the local and collective interactions between their building blocks, often vastly exceeding those of individual building blocks. Recently, there has been an upsurge of interest from a range of disciplines, including physics, chemistry, material science, engineering, robotics, and architecture, for both living and artificial materials featuring shape-morphing, adaptive, self-oscillating, and self-learning behaviour. All these striking properties stem from the out-of-equilibrium interactions and feedback between the building blocks, mediated via chemical signalling, nonlinear mechanical coupling or electronic communication. 

The aim of the workshop is to bring the different communities together and to identify the common open questions and physical principles related to feedback, characteristic length-scales and scalability underlying autonomous behaviour in the fields of soft, living and robotic matter.

What do we want to achieve?
We believe that a workshop that brings together experts from designer, living and robotic matter will result in a cross-fertilization between these fields. The rich behaviour observed in living matter can inspire advances in designer and robotic matter, and vice-versa designer and robotic matter could function as testing platform to identify the key ingredients for autonomous emergent behaviour in living matter. We envision that stronger interactions between these fields will significantly boost our ability to explore new topics of autonomous emergent behaviour, such as self-folding, self-oscillations, self-organization, adaptation and learning. 

Therefore, by bringing together experts in living and artificial materials we can actively steer to make connections and cover new ground and identify general physical mechanism for autonomous emergent behaviour.


    Monday 20 April

    Review of fields/themes

    09:3010:00 Arrival, registration and coffee
    10:0010:15 Welcome by the Lorentz Center
    10:1510:30 Opening by the organizers
    10:3011:15 Talk by Albert Schenning
    11:1512:00 Talk by Remi Monasson
    12:0013:30 Lunch
    13:3015:30 Introductory pitches in two slides: slide 1 they introduce themselves slide 2, they formulate the open questions they are most excited about and would like to see addressed in the workshop
    15:3015:50 Talk by Athanasios Athanassiadias
    15:5016:10 Talk by Agnese Codutti
    16:1016:30 Talk by Giorgio Oliveri
    16:3017:00 Miguel Bruns (insight into the Lorentz workshop on interactive design)
    17:0018:30 Wine and cheese party

    Tuesday 21 April


    09:3010:15 Talk by Nikolaus Correl
    10:1511:00 Talk by Eleni Katifori
    11:0011:30 Break
    11:3011:50 Talk by Colin Scheibner
    11:5012:10 Talk by Martin Brandenbourger
    12:1013:30 Lunch
    13:3016:00 Formation of focus subgroups based on submitted questracts by participants. During this timeslot, the questratcs will be discussed in the full plenum and structured into interdisciplinary subgroups that will meet later during the week.
    16:0016:30 Open discussion on feedback
    16:3016:50 Talk by Namid Shatil
    16:5017:10 Talk by Hao Zeng
    17:1017:30 Talk by Sander Woutersen

    Wednesday 22 April

    Characteristic length- and time-scales

    04:3016:00 Focus group work and coffee break
    09:3010:15 Talk by Simon Garnier
    10:1511:00 Talk by Kaare H. Jensen
    11:0011:30 Break
    11:3012:15 Talk by Marc Miskin
    12:1512:30 Summary of Tuesday's focus group discussions
    12:3014:30 Lunch
    16:0016:30 Open discussion in "Characteristic lenght- and time-scales"
    16:3016:50 Talk by Paul Baconnier
    16:5017:35 Talk by Eliseo Ferrante


    Thursday 23 April

    Scalability of emergent behaviour

    09:3010:15 Talk by Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio
    10:1511:00 Talk by Hyun Youk
    11:0011:30 Break
    11:3012:15 Talk by Martin van Hecke
    12:1512:35 Summary of Wednesday's focus group discussions
    12:3514:30 Lunch
    14:3016:00 Focus group work and coffee break
    16:0016:30 Open discussion on “Scalability of emergent behaviour

    Friday 24 April

    Possible collaborations


    09:3010:45 Chalk talk focus groups and coffee
    10:4511:30 Talk by Olivier Dauchot
    11:3012:15 Talk by Gijsje Koenderink
    12:1512:30 Conclusion and perspectives
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    Johannes T. B. Overvelde, AMOLF  

    Corentin Coulais, University of Amsterdam  

    Karen Alim, Technische Universität München  

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