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Biology-Inspired Engineering and Engineering-Inspired Biology

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Biology has been an important inspiration for developments in all aspects (e.g. designs) of engineering (e.g., robots), i.e., biology-inspired engineering (BIE). Bio-inspired attachment systems, bio-inspired sensors, bio-inspired materials, etc. have enabled robots to produce robust and comparable behaviors to their biological counterparts. Owing to the biologically comparable behaviors, interdisciplinary biologists tend to flip the approach, i.e., engineering-inspired biology (EIB) whereby engineering systems and principles are utilized to initiate and test new hypotheses in biological research. For example, robots have been used as tools to investigate and test animal functions. However, the mutual inspirations and enhancements between biology and engineering remain an open question in many types of research.

This Research topic welcomes articles from the fields of bionic science and engineering including, but not limited to, the following topics: Bio-inspired robotics, bio-inspired sensors and actuators, bio-inspired energy storage, bio-inspired flexible electronics, bio-inspired solar cells, biomimetic engineering, embodied artificial intelligence and neurorobotics, functional morphology, musculoskeletal systems, biomechanics, biological interface and functionalization, biomimetic materials, biomimetic structures and mechanics, biomimetic surfaces, biomimetic designs and methodologies, bionic fluid, biological systems, and brain-inspired computing and neuromorphic systems.


Keywords: Bio-inspired flexible electronics, Bio-inspired robotics, Biomimetic engineering, Bionic fluid, Musculoskeletal systems


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Biology has been an important inspiration for developments in all aspects (e.g. designs) of engineering (e.g., robots), i.e., biology-inspired engineering (BIE). Bio-inspired attachment systems, bio-inspired sensors, bio-inspired materials, etc. have enabled robots to produce robust and comparable behaviors to their biological counterparts. Owing to the biologically comparable behaviors, interdisciplinary biologists tend to flip the approach, i.e., engineering-inspired biology (EIB) whereby engineering systems and principles are utilized to initiate and test new hypotheses in biological research. For example, robots have been used as tools to investigate and test animal functions. However, the mutual inspirations and enhancements between biology and engineering remain an open question in many types of research.

This Research topic welcomes articles from the fields of bionic science and engineering including, but not limited to, the following topics: Bio-inspired robotics, bio-inspired sensors and actuators, bio-inspired energy storage, bio-inspired flexible electronics, bio-inspired solar cells, biomimetic engineering, embodied artificial intelligence and neurorobotics, functional morphology, musculoskeletal systems, biomechanics, biological interface and functionalization, biomimetic materials, biomimetic structures and mechanics, biomimetic surfaces, biomimetic designs and methodologies, bionic fluid, biological systems, and brain-inspired computing and neuromorphic systems.


Keywords: Bio-inspired flexible electronics, Bio-inspired robotics, Biomimetic engineering, Bionic fluid, Musculoskeletal systems


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 May 2019 Manuscript

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