"Bio-Hybrid Systems: Challenges and Potentials"
given by Dr. Serge Kernbach, Cybertronica Research, Stuttgart, Germany.
The lecture will take place on Thursday, 29th September 2016, starting at 15:00 in Grey Hall at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. More about the speaker and the talk can be found in the detailed news content and here.
Bio-hybrid systems represent a new area of biological and technological developments. These systems vary from advanced bio-/phyto- sensors up to establishing an interface between natural and artificial ecosystems. In many cases, the biological part is presented by microbiology, plants, insects and animals; technological part uses mobile and stationary robots, sensor networks and smart artifacts. Current developments show the emergence of bio- and chemo-hybrid systems on micro- and macro-scales and in different organizational forms: individual and collective/network systems, techno-symbiosis, interconnected complex objects with feedback loops. Several research projects focus on integration of human/animal brain and technical devices in neuro-hybrids. Bio-hybrid systems demonstrate many specific features as a high sensitivity to ultraweak environmental and biophysical interactions, extended bio-techno homeostasis, embodied intelligence and other issues. In particular, some phenomena are expected to have the nature of quantum effects in macroscopic systems, which can be measured by precise physical and biochemical methods. The talk overviews the concepts bio-hybrid systems, some European projects on this topic and accurate measurement techniques.
Serge Kernbach, Dr.rer.nat., is a director of the Research Center of Advanced Robotics and Environmental Science “Cybertronica Research”. He graduated in electronic engineering and computer science in 1994. In 1996 he was awarded Presidential Fellowship as a young researcher, in 1997 – the DAAD fellowship, he was a guest scientist in the center of Synergetics leaded by Prof. H. Haken, who also co-supervised his PhD work. In 2007 his doctoral thesis won the faculty-award as the best dissertation of the year at the University of Stuttgart, where he worked as a head of group until 2013. Since 2004 he has been a coordinator of several European research projects on the field of bio-hybrid systems and collective robotics. In 2016 he was elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Serge’s main research interest is focused on biological and technological collective systems, weak bio-physical interactions, he is an author and co-author of 4 books and over 150 articles in international journals and conferences with best paper awards. Since 2000 he acquired more than 6.0 M Euro in different research projects.