EPSRC/BBSRC International Workshop
Biologically-Inspired Robotics:   The Legacy of W. Grey Walter
14-16 August 2002, HP Bristol Labs, UK

Biologically-inspired robots functioning in the real world can provide valuable physical models of biology, but can also provide a radical alternative to conventional methods of designing intelligent engineering systems. The origins and history of this fascinating topic can be traced back to seminal work in the 1940's and 1950's, much of it taking place in the United Kingdom. One of the pioneers of the field was William Grey Walter, a neurophysiologist and amateur engineer who spent the majority of his working life in Bristol. He died in 1977 some time after the road accident that ultimately ended his life.

 A three-day scientific meeting Biologically-Inspired Robotics: The Legacy of W. Grey Walter will take place at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol in August 2002 sponsored by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (under the EPSRC Programme in Adaptive and Interactive Behaviour of Animal and Computational Systems) and by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, with additional support from Hewlett-Packard. The workshop will focus on the latest work in this important area of overlap between biology, engineering and computing, with keynote talks from internationally-acclaimed practitioners across the range of disciplines impacting on biologically-inspired robotics. The following invited speakers are confirmed:

There will also be contributed papers presented in both oral and poster sessions. Click here to see the topics covered by WGW'02. The best papers from the workshop will be published in a special, themed issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the world's longest running scientific journal.

 The local organising committee are keen to encourage the participation of research students, especially those sponsored by EPSRC and BBSRC. To this end, there will be free registration and accommodation for research council students working a relevant or related area (subject to fairly generous availability). Click on the Student Zone for details of this and the special Student Poster Session which is also being organised.

Important Dates

Deadline for contributed papers:1 May 2002
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 3 June 2002
Final submission of revised paper: 1 July 2002
Workshop: 14-16 August 2002

The workshop has been timed to fit in with SAB'02 in Edinburgh and to make attendance at both events maximally convenient. 

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