233 – Bio-Inspired Systems at EPFL
Guest: Darja Dubravcic Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Kalpana Goel
Last fall I visited EPFL for a programming languages workshop when I saw a poster on bio inspired systems. Darja’s name was on the poster because she coordinates the programme; I sent her an email and asked if she wanted to talk a bit with me about this field while I am at EPFL. Her calendar had some free time, and so we met. In the episode we discuss why it makes sense for system designers to look at biology and nature as an inspiration and then explore lots of examples that are currently being researched at EPFL.
Introduction of Darja Dubravcic00:01:31
Darja Dubravcic | Bio-inspired projects platform | Biologically Inspired Engineering | Microorganism | Biomimetics | Bio-inspired robotics
Projects at EPFL00:11:01
Carbon dioxide fixation | Photosynthesis | Solar cell | Artificial Photosynthesis | Laboratory of Intelligent systems | Neuronal Systems | Environmental remote sensing laboratory | Sailing boat | Stem cell | CURVed Artificial Compound Eyes | Self-cleaning | Self-cleaning surfaces for food packaging | Turtle Scales Ski | Artificial Intelligence and Machine Leaning | Robogami
Having listened to almost all episodes so far, I’d rate this as one of the weakest. Although technically, everything is OK, I would argue, that the format of this interview -giving a wide-ranging overview of all kind of topics loosely related to biological systems without ever going into greater details- is not very interesting. Providing extreme in-depth information at great length is the highlight of this podcast however.
So: Keep up the excellent work, despite the very rare mediocre result.