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Living Machines 2023 : 12th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems


When Jul 10, 2023 - Jul 13, 2023
Where Genoa, Italy
Submission Deadline Apr 3, 2023
Categories    bioinspiration   biomimetics   robotics   softrobotics

Call For Papers

Hosted by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT;
Accepted papers will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2023; Extended: April 3, 2023
Workshop/Tutorial submission deadline: April 1, 2023
Contact email:

The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on our The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems.
Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals. First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be used to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second, biomimetic technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient solutions to unsolved challenges in science and engineering.
Biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological component—an existing living system—and at least one artificial, newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity. The conference's theme also encompasses biomimetic methods for manufacture, repair and recycling inspired by natural processes such as reproduction, digestion, morphogenesis and metamorphosis.
The following are some examples of "Living Machines" as featured at past conferences:
• Biomimetic robots and their component technologies (sensors, actuators, processors) that can intelligently interact with their environments.
• Biomimetic computers—neuromimetic emulations of the physiological basis for intelligent behaviour.
• Active biomimetic materials and structures that self-organize and self-repair or show other bio-inspired functions.
• Nature-inspired designs and manufacturing processes.
• Biohybrid brain-machine interfaces and neural implants.
• Artificial organs and body parts, including sensory organ-chip hybrids and intelligent prostheses.
• Organism-level biohybrids such as robot-animal or robot-human systems.

The first conference day July 10, 2023 is dedicated to workshops and tutorials. The main conference will then continue in form of a three-day single-track oral presentations program, July 11 to July 13, at the stunning Aquarium of Genoa, Italy.
The conference program will include: 6 plenary lectures from leading international researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems; podium talks and poster sessions from selected submitted full and short papers; a journalist-moderated Science Café.
An exhibition for research groups and companies will run in parallel to the conference.
A cocktail on the sea, a banquet in an exclusive location, awards, and more… are waiting for you.

Aquarium of Genoa, Genoa, Italy (
The Aquarium of Genoa hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibits and about 12,000 specimens of 600 species, from all the seas of the world.
Located in the Porto Antico Area, the ancient port area in the heart of Genoa, redesigned by Renzo Piano in 1992 and now a vibrant area with restaurants, bars, shopping places and summer events.

Online information and documents are available at:

We invite both full papers and short papers in areas related to the conference themes. All contributions will be refereed, and accepted papers will appear in the Living Machines Proceedings, published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.
Full papers (≥12 pages, ~300 words/page) are invited from researchers at any stage in their career and should present significant findings and advances in biomimetic or biohybrid research. More preliminary work is better suited for shorter papers (≥6 pages, ~300 words/page). Full papers will be accepted for either podium talks (single track) or posters. Short papers will be accepted for posters only.
→ Deadline: April 3, 2023

Active researchers in biomimetic and biohybrid systems are invited to propose topics for full or half-day workshops or tutorials on related themes to be held on July 10, 2023.
Proposals should be submitted by email by April 1, 2023 to the LM2023 Workshops and Tutorials Chair, Wenqi Hu (, and to the main LM23 contact email ( with subject “LM2023 workshop/tutorial proposal”, using the proforma available at:
→ Deadline: April 1, 2023

Get involved, support our conference and community, and drive your team’s growth!
Living Machines provides an ideal opportunity to be updated with the most recent advancements in robotics science and innovation, to network with young and experienced researchers, to strengthen your existing relationships and to create new collaborations and business partnerships.
Research groups and companies wishing to take part and support the conference in any way and gain the corresponding benefits by promoting themselves are encouraged to contact the organizers ( to discuss the terms of contribution, exhibition, or sponsorship, and the necessary arrangements.

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