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Helmut Hauser is a Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Bristol and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. His research is focused on morphological computation and embodiment, especially in the context of soft robotics. He is interested in understanding the underlaying principles of how complex physical properties of biological systems are exploited to facilitate learning and controlling tasks, and how these principles can be employed to design better robots. He has published over 40 publications in international conferences as well in high-impact journals including Scientific Reports and Royal Society Interface. Helmut has won various awards at international conferences and his work is highly cited including publications in Nature, Trends in Cognitive Sciences and PNAS.
Helmut was the project manager of the EU project LOCOMORPH and he participated in a number of other projects like OCTOPUS, SMART-E and NCCR Robotics. He was co-organizer of the 2nd and 3rd international conference on morphological computation, a number of workshops, a special issues on morphological computation in Artificial Life. He is the editor of the e-book "Opinions and Outlooks on Morphological Computation”. Helmut is also the author of the popular RoboHub article on morphological computation.
Rudolf M. Füchslin
Rudolf M. Füchslin leads the group of Applied Complex Systems Science (ACSS) at the School of Engineering of the ZHAW. He studied theoretical physics at ETH in Zurich, did a PhD in computational physics in the group of P.F. Meier at the University of Zurich and then joined the group of John McCaskill (Ruhr Univ. Bochum), where he specialized in modelling complex systems and biomolecular information processing. In 2007, he joined the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Rolf Pfeifer at the Univ. Zurich, before building up his own group at the Zurich Univ. of Applied Sciences in Winterthur. Besides his position at ZHAW, he is co-director of the European Centre for Living Technology in Venice. Ruedi and his group regard as their primary mission the implantation and application of frameworks in which methods from modern mathematics and physics are made fruitful for challenges in the applied sciences. Ruedi and his group have a keen interest in morphological computation, both with respect to applications as well as theoretical foundations: Systems medicine, application of principles of MC to cellular systems, application of soft robotics in health care, MC-principles in architecture, formal frameworks for MC. Further research topics of Ruedi’s group are: Applied statistical physics, analysis of reaction networks, advanced application of the theory of formal languages to the description of biological and bio-inspired processes, stochastic differential equations, evolutionary methods (EA, EP, GA, GP, hybrid methods), object-oriented modelling and mesoscopic simulations, simulation of socio –technological systems, new forms of science communication.
Martin Garrad is a PhD candidate with the FARSCOPE centre for doctoral training, hosted jointly by the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. He is also a part of the soft robotics group at the University of Bristol. For his PhD research he is investigating robots that can adapt their morphology in response to a change in task or environment and algorithms which can learn to make these changes autonomously.
Yiheng Zhu is a PhD candidate of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Autonomous and Robotic Systems (FARSCOPE CDT), hosted jointly by the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. He is also a part of the Soft Robotics Group at the University of Bristol. Inspired by the metamorphosis of amphibians, his PhD research focuses on robotic morphosis and embodied intelligence.
Lukas Lichtensteiger is currently a Lecturer in Mathematics at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. One of his research interests is finding optimal morphologies - that is, shape, mechanical properties, materials - for machines that can intrinsically simplify their control for specific problems. Some time ago he has built an artificial insect eye robot whose eye morphology can be automatically reconfigured in hardware, demonstrating reduced control effort and improved robot performance. More recently he has invented a new method for producing wafers for the semiconductor industry, exploiting morphology and mechanical properties of a "smart material" to intrinsically control an ultra-high-speed manufacturing process. This technology is currently being commercialized by a midsize startup company in Germany that Lukas co-founded. He has a M.Sc. in theoretical physics and a PhD in robotics, both from the University of Zurich, and he did a postdoc at Harvard University. He has written a couple of scientific papers and authored around 20 patent applications.
Dandolo Flumini is currently working as a lecturer in Computer Science and research associate of the Applied Complex Systems Science research group at the ZHAW. His main research interests range from alternative models of computation to applications of formal methods to real world problems. He currently applies methods involving fixed point operators to extract semantic information from structured data and techniques from theoretical computer science to specify a “programming language” for specific chemical reaction systems. He holds a M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Zurich and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bern.