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Animals in Engineering: From Biomechanics and Biomimetic Structural Design to Adaptive Cognition

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The incredible variety of living organisms found within the animal kingdom is a result of evolutionary processes. That has led to the development of advanced adaptive strategies enabling each species to successfully survive in its habitat. Unlike other living organisms, animals are endowed with the nervous ...

The incredible variety of living organisms found within the animal kingdom is a result of evolutionary processes. That has led to the development of advanced adaptive strategies enabling each species to successfully survive in its habitat. Unlike other living organisms, animals are endowed with the nervous system perceiving biotic and abiotic environmental changes that act on their body, and enabling them to react to such events. Animals have inhabited land, water, and air environment and have developed, as a result of natural selection, specialized organs to manipulate and exploit almost every type of inorganic and organic resource present on earth.

Bionics, ambitiously investigating and applying natural mechanisms in engineered systems, greatly benefits from the unique animal features in terms of structure, locomotion, and cognition strategies. Conversely, advanced technology (e.g., robotics), can be used to open new opportunities to investigate biological issues and to validate scientific theories. This allows the relationship between engineering and the animal kingdom to become mutually symbiotic.

A new interesting paradigm of bionics is represented by designed artifacts capable of performing locomotor but also cognitive behavior in order to interact with the environment.

In this Research Topic, we aim to provide an input of all bionic and biomimetic researches intersecting zoology, exploiting robot interactions with the environment to the full.

We are particularly interested in manuscripts that cover the following subtopics:

- Animal-inspired artifacts
- Locomotion and biomechanics
- Cognition, communication and navigational strategies
- Animal-robot interactions
- Biomimetic sensors/actuators
- Microelectro-mechanical systems
- Collective animal systems and swarm intelligence/robotics
- Computer vision
- Soft-robotics


Dr Donato Romano is a co-founder of HUBILIFE, s.r.l. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.


Keywords: Animals, Biomimetics, Biorobotics, Bioinspiration, Cognition


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