2nd International Workshop on Insect bio-inspired micro-technologies

Bio-inspiration is taking off big time, worldwide: from hydrophobic surfaces, structural colors, neuromophic computing to a wild array of bio-inspired robots, just to name a few. Whole research institutes, from China to Harvard, are now harbouring entire teams that would place bio-inspiration as the core moto of their science developments.  With millions of species, insects are in this respect a cornucopia for bioinspiration. The miniaturization of the nuts and bolts within insects, combined with speed and precision of control, is furthermore a marvel. Beyond their sheer number which implies a multitude of possible models, insects are thus an excellent source of bio-inspired designs because of their size, of the order of the millimeter, which matches in many ways the one of micro- and nano-technological systems. This often promotes system scale approach as a more sound method for the observer.
Following the highly successful workshop in Tours in 2017 (see https://intelligencedespatrimoines.fr/insect-bio-inspired-microtechnology/), we have again collated a series of speeches from international speakers which balances biology, physics and engineering. We believe these works and visions to be of the highest interest to microtechnologists, systems engineers and biologists.
This second international workshop is funded by the CNRS INEE within the RTP (réseau thématique pluridisciplinaire) "Bioinspiration", by the CEA-Leti Chair in "Bioinspired microtechnologies", and supported by « Intelligence des Patrimoines », an interdisciplinary programme for research and innovation at the Région Centre-Val de Loire.

Jérôme Casas (University of Tours and LETI/Carnot chair in bio-inspired technologies)
Thomas Alava (CEA LETI)
Susana Bonnetier (CEA & Carnot)