Auke Ijspeert’s Talks

Plenary / Keynote Presentations at International Conferences

  • Salamander-like amphibious robots capable of swimming and walking, 4th International Symposium on Aero-Aqua Bio-Mechanisms (ISABMEC2009), Shanghai, Aug 29 – Sept 2 2009, keynote speaker.
  • Decoding the mechanisms of gait generation and gait transition in salamander using mathematical models and robots, Society for Experimental Biology’s Meeting, session ‘Integration of Active and Passive Control Mechanisms in Locomotion, Glasgow, UK June 28-July 1, 2009, keynote speaker.
  • Control of locomotion in articulated robots: taking inspiration from vertebrates’ spinal cord circuits, RoboCup International Symposium 2009, TU Graz, Austria, June 30, 2009, keynote speaker.
  • Robots as tools for research in neuroscience and animal motor control, Journees Nationales de la Recherche en Robotique 2007, Obernai, France, October 9-12, 2007, plenary speaker.
  • Adaptive movement control in animals and machines, Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation (ALEA’05) workshop, Covilha, Portugal, December 5-8 2005, keynote speaker.
  • Pattern generators in the central nervous system: numerical models and applications to robotics, The 3rd International Symposium on Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines (AMAM2005), Technical University of Ilmenau, September 25-30 2005, keynote speaker.
  • Evolutionary approaches to articulated robot locomotion, International Conference on Evolvable Systems (ICES2005), Barcelona, September 12 2005, keynote speaker.
  • Pattern generators: from biological observations to implementations in salamander-like and humanoid robots, 49th Internationales Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium (IWK49), Technische Universitat Ilmenau, 27 September 2004, plenary speaker.
  • Computational models of movement control in lampreys, salamanders, and humanoid robots, Symposium on Evolvability & Interaction, 8-10 October 2003, Queen Mary University of London, keynote speaker.
  • Imitation of human-demonstrated movements with nonlinear dynamical systems in humanoid robots Human Centered Robotic Systems Symposium (HCRS 2002), Karlsruhe, Dec. 2002, plenary speaker.

Invited Lectures at Summer Schools

  • Biologically Inspired robotics: locomotion, central pattern generators, and motor primitives. Interdisciplinary College 2009, Lake Möhne, Germany, March 6 – 13, 2009, invited faculty.
  • Online learning for locomotion control, Player Summer School on Cognitive Robotics, Munich, Germany, August 13-20 2007, invited faculty.
  • Control of locomotion: from biology to robotics and back 5th European Neuro-IT and Neuroengineering Summer School, Delmenhorst, July 15-21 2007, invited faculty.
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control: mathematical models and experiments with amphibious lamprey and salamander robots. Telluride Workshop on Neuromorphic Engineering, Telluride Colorado, USA, July 1-21 2001, invited faculty.
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion: biological concepts, neuromechanical simulations, and applications to robotics, 3rd European Neuro-IT and Neuroengineering Summer School, Venice, June 18-25 2005, invited faculty.
  • Controle de la locomotion chez la salamandre: experiences neurophysiologiques, modelisation, et implementation robotique, Summer School on Integrative Neuroscience (A. Berthoz, organizer), Concarneau, August 2004, invited faculty.

Invited Presentations at International Conferences

  • Decoding the mechanisms of gait generation and gait transition in salamander using mathematical models and robots, Progress in Motor Control VII 2009, July 23-25 2009, Marseille, France.
  • Control of visually-guided crawling in the humanoid infant robot iCub, a dynamical systems approach, Workshop on Approaches to Sensorimotor Learning on Humanoid Robots, at ICRA 2009, May 17, 2009, Kobe, Japan.
  • Using robots and mathematical models to explore gait generation and gait transition in salamander, Workshop on Future Trends of Mobiligence, at ICRA 2009, May 13, 2009, Kobe, Japan.
  • Stochasticity in locomotion control: a dynamical systems approach, Workshop on Stochasticity in Robotics and Biological Systems, at ICRA 2009, May 12, 2009, Kobe, Japan.
  • Sensorimotor coordination abilities of animals as inspiration for the control of robots’ locomotion, Third International Conference on Smart Materials, Structures, and Systems, June 8-13 2008, Acireale, Sicily, Italy.
  • Exploring the mechanisms of gait transition from swimming to walking in salamander using robots and mathematical models of CPGs, International Symposium on Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines (AMAM2008), June 1-6 2008, Cleveland, USA.
  • Modeling the central pattern generator underlying swimming and walking gaits in the salamander, Meeting of the Neural Control of Movement Society (NCM 2008), April 29-May 4, 2008, Naples Florida, USA.
  • Using mathematical models and robots to study animal locomotion control, workshop on the “Neuromechanics of Locomotion” organized by Philip Holmes, Robert Full, and Ansgar Bueschges, March 31 – April 4, 2008, Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), Ohio State University, USA.
  • Study of Animal Locomotion Control using Systems of Coupled Oscillators, ZIF Workshop on the Evolution and Structure of Complex Systems and Networks, Bielefeld, Germany. February 26 2008.
  • From swimming to walking: using robots and numerical models to get insights into the modifications of locomotor circuits during vertebrate evolution, Workshop on Biomimetic Robotics, ICRA’07 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 10-14 April 2007, Roma, Italy
  • Learning to move with modular robots using central pattern generators and online optimization, Workshop on Collective Behaviors inspired by Biological and Biochemical Systems, ICRA’07 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 10-14 April 2007, Roma, Italy
  • Systems of coupled nonlinear oscillators for online locomotion control in robots, Conference on Mathematical Stability Analysis in Biomechanics and Robotics, Center of Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany February 15-17 2007
  • Anguilliform swimming with a snake-like robot, ECCOMAS Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, Biomimetics and Fluid Mechanics minisymposium, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, September 5 – 8, 2006.
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems for the modular control of locomotion and movement: experiments with pattern generators. Workshop on Modular Foundations for Control and Perception, Robotics: Science and Systems Conference 2005, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 8-11 2005, invited talk.
  • Learning to locomote with modular robots, Workshop on Learning for Locomotion, Robotics: Science and Systems Conference 2005, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 8-11 2005, invited talk.
  • From lampreys to salamanders: neuromechanical simulations of gait transitions between swimming and walking in the salamander, 7th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, 27 July 2004 01 August 2004, Boca Raton, invited talk.
  • Decoding the mechanisms of gait generation and gait transition in salamander using mathematical models and robots, Bio-ICT Convergence on Rhythmicity and Motor Control workshop, June 30th- July 2nd  2009, Sheffield, UK.
  • Lower vertebrate locomotion control: neuronal and robotic models, LEURRE Project Workshop, From solitary animals to social robots. 11 March 2004, Amsterdam, invited talk.
  • Computational modeling of lower vertebrate locomotion: control of swimming and walking in the salamander, European Workshop on Movement Sciences (EWOMS 2003), Muenster, May 2003, invited talk.
  • Imitation of human-demonstrated movements with nonlinear dynamical systems in humanoid robots,
  • Sensory-Motor Coordination in Human-Robot Interaction Workshop at IROS 2002, Lausanne, October 2002, invited talk.
  • Locomotion and visually-guided behavior in salamander: a neuromechanical study, Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Robotic Systems III, Boston, Nov. 2000, invited paper.
  • A neuromechanical investigation of salamander locomotion, International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines, Montreal, Aug. 2000, invited paper.
  • A 3-D biomechanical model of the salamander, Second International Conference on Virtual Worlds, Paris, July 2000, invited paper.
  • Evolution of neural controllers for salamander-like locomotion, Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Robotic Systems II, Boston, Sept. 1999, invited paper.

Regular Talks at International Conferences

Selected Talks at Universities

  • Control of locomotion using central pattern generators: modeling of lower vertebrates and applications to robotics, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany, June 14, 2010
  • Control of locomotion using central pattern generators: modeling of lower vertebrates and applications to robotics, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy, March 15, 2010
  • Decoding the mechanisms of gait transition from swimming to walking in salamander, University of Koeln, Germany, November 10, 2008
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France, July 10 2008
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, ETHZ, Switzerland, March 6, 2008
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, Caltech, USA, September 12, 2007
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, University of Southern California, USA, September 11, 2007
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, Stanford University, USA, September 6, 2007
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, Institute of Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, June 14, 2007
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, Robotics Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, June 12, 2007
  • Central pattern generators for locomotion control in animals and robots, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK, May 25, 2007
  • Roombots: Modular robotics for adaptive and self-organizing furniture, Microsoft Research Laboratory, Cambridge, UK, May 24, 2007
  • Control of locomotion based on central pattern generators: from neurobiology to robotics, Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes, May 3, 2007
  • Balance between Adaptibility and Stability, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, November 5 2004
  • Pattern generators: from biological observations to implementations in salamander-like and humanoid robots, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Neuroinformatics Institute, October 22 2004
  • Learning, replaying, and modulating movements in humanoid robots using pattern generators, Technical University of Graz, Computer Science Department, June 16 2004
  • Robotique biologiquement inspiree: Construction d’un robot salamandre capable de nager et de marcher, University of Bordeaux, May 17 2004
  • Movement and locomotion control using pattern generators in animal and robots, ATR, Kyoto, September 2003
  • NeuroRobotics: Computational models of movement control in animals and robots, EPFL, Brain and Mind Institute, June 2003
  • Computational models of movement control in lampreys, salamanders, and humanoid robots, Technical University of Ilmenau, Mechanical Engineering Department, May 2003
  • Computational models of movement control in lampreys, salamanders, and humanoid robots, EPFL, Brain and Mind Institute, February 2003
  • Modeling the transition from swimming to walking in salamander locomotion using nonlinear oscillators, University of Bordeaux, January 2003
  • Learning movements by demonstration in a humanoid robot using nonlinear dynamical systems, University of Zurich, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, November 26 2002
  • Learning discrete and rhythmic movements in a humanoid robot using nonlinear dynamical systems, USC, Department of Kinesiology, September 2002
  • Rhythmic pattern generation: from lamprey to salamander, and to … a humanoid robot, ATR, Kyoto, August 2002