AMAM 2019

The 9th International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines

EPFL, Lausanne, August 20th–23rd, 2019

Investigating how animals and humans excel at adaptive movements including locomotion can help engineers to improve the adaptive capabilities of robots. In return, robots can serve as scientific tools to explore the basic principles of biological systems, in particular the neuromechanical mechanisms underlying their fascinating motor abilities. AMAM 2019 is the 9th international symposium dedicated to stimulate fruitful interactions among biologists and engineers interested in adaptive motion. It aims at bringing together researchers in robotics, biomechanics, neuroscience, sports science, and other fields related to behavior in biological and artificial systems. Previous symposia were held in Montreal, Canada (2000); Kyoto, Japan (2003); Ilmenau, Germany (2005); Cleveland, USA (2008); Awaji, Japan (2011); Darmstadt, Germany (2013); Cambridge, USA (2015); and Sapporo, Japan (2017).

Abstract contributions are invited from all areas pertaining to adaptive motion in animals and machines. Accepted abstracts are presented in poster sessions based on assessed suitability by the program committee. Invited talks are presented in oral sessions in a single track. We also encourage participants to contribute hardware demonstrations, as part of the ‘Robot Zoo’@AMAM2019.

Invited speakers

Plenary talks

Grégoire Courtine

EPFL, Switzerland

Monica Daley

Royal Veterinary College, UK

Dario Floreano

EPFL, Switzerland

Radhika Nagpal

Harvard University, USA

Lena Ting

Emory University & Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Herman van der Kooij

University of Twente & Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Other invited talks

Shinya Aoi

Kyoto University, Japan

Max Erick Busse-Grawitz

Maxon Motor, Switzerland

David Franklin

Technische Universität München, Germany

Elizabeth Helbling

Harvard University, USA

John Hutchinson

Royal Veterinary College, UK

Tetsuya Iwasaki

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Katsushi Kagaya

Kyoto University, Japan

Sangbae Kim


Megan Leftwich

The George Washington University, USA

David Lentink

Stanford University, USA

Charlotte Le Mouel

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany

Poramate Manoonpong

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Kamilo Melo

EPFL, Switzerland

Katja Mombaur

Heidelberg University, Germany

Beth Mortimer

University of Oxford, UK

Ulrike Müller

California State University, Fresno, USA

Jamie Paik

EPFL, Switzerland

Pavan Ramdya

EPFL, Switzerland

Chris Richards

Royal Veterinary College, UK

Nidhi Seethapathi

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Simon Sponberg

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Emily Standen

University of Ottawa, Canada

Dagmar Sternad

Northeastern University, USA

Francisco Valero-Cuevas

University of Southern California, USA

Barbara Webb

University of Edinburgh, UK

Kotaro Yasui

Tohoku University, Japan

Important dates

January 18th, 2019Opening of the extended abstract submission
March 8th, 2019Deadline of extended abstracts submission
April 12th, 2019Notification of acceptance for extended abstracts
May 3rd, 2019Conference registration opens
May 3rd, 2019Deadline of abstract submission for final version
May 31st, 2019Deadline of submission for Robot Zoo (Robot Demos)
July 1st, 2019End of normal registration
August 10th, 2019Late registration closes
August 20th–23rd, 2019Conference

Program committee

Hitoshi Aonuma, Hokkaido University, Japan
Monica Daley, Royal Veterinary College, UK
Koh Hosoda, Osaka University, Japan
Fumiya Iida, Cambridge, UK
Auke Ijspeert, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Akio Ishiguro, Tohoku University, Japan
Masato Ishikawa, Osaka University, Japan
Takeshi Kano, Tohoku University, Japan
Sangbae Kim, MIT, USA

Jun Nishii, Yamaguchi University, Japan
Dai Owaki, Tohoku University, Japan
Andre Seyfarth, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Emily Standen, University of Ottawa, Canada
Dagmar Sternad, Northeastern University, USA
Barry Trimmer, Tufts University, USA
Eric Tytell, Tufts University, USA
Hartmut Witte, TU Ilmenau, Germany

General chair

Auke Ijspeert

EPFL, Switzerland