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Asst. Prof. Simon Schleicher
Simon Schleicher is an architectural designer, researcher and educator from Germany who has recently joined the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley as Assistant Professor. Simon received a Masters of Architecture from MIT and a Bachelors degree in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Stuttgart. Prior to joining UC Berkeley’s faculty, Simon worked at the University of Stuttgart as a research associate at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) where he recently complete his Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) under the supervision of Professor Dr. Jan Knippers.

Simon’s interdisciplinary research focuses on bio-inspired compliant mechanisms for architectural design, specifically, using modern computational modeling and simulation techniques to transfer the bending and folding mechanisms found in plant movements and insect locomotion to elastic systems in architecture. His work has won numerous awards including the DETAIL Prize for the first ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2010, which was also nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Other awards include UCB Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Grant, the Gips-Schüle-Forschungspreis, the International Bionic-Award, the Ralph Adam Cram Award and the Imre Halasz Thesis Prize from MIT, the British Institution Award, and the Pininfarina-Förderpreis. Furthermore, he received grants from the SUTOR-Foundation, from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation).

Simon Schleicher

Department of Architecture
Prof. Robert Full
Robert J. Full is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California at Berkeley. In his thirty years at Berkeley, he has led a focused international effort to demonstrate the value of integrative biology and biological inspiration by the formation of interdisciplinary collaborations of biologists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists from academia and industry. Professor Full is founder and director of CiBER, the Center for interdisciplinary Bio-inspiration in Education and Research focused on discovering fundamental principles of biology that inspire novel engineering and where engineers provide biologists with new hypotheses, approaches and techniques. Professor Full is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, serves on the Advisory Board of the new AAAS Science journal, Robotics, and is the Principal Investigator on an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship on Bio- and Bio-inspired Motion Systems Operating in Complex Environments that is training the next generation of biologists and engineers to collaborate in mutually beneficial relationships. Professor Full serves on the advisory boards of Harvard’s Bio-inspired Design Wyss Institute, Switzerland’s National Competency Center for Robots, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities.

Professor Full directs the Poly-PEDAL Laboratory, which studies the Performance, Energetics and Dynamics of Animal Locomotion (PEDAL) in many-footed creatures (Poly) such as cockroaches, crabs, and lizards. His research program in comparative physiology and biomechanics has shown how examining a diversity of animals can lead to the discovery of general principles. His fundamental discoveries in animal locomotion have inspired the design of novel neural control circuits, artificial muscles, autonomous legged search-and-rescue robots, and the first, synthetic self-cleaning dry adhesive inspired by his discovery on how geckos stick, named one of the top ten nanotechnology patents. Professor Full has authored over two hundred publications and has delivered over three hundred national and international lectures including six TED talks. Professor Full received a Presidential Young Investigator Award, was named a Mentor in the Life Sciences by the National Academy of Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Full received Berkeley’s Distinguished Award in 1996. He has served on the launch Committee for the Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation, taught the first course on campus in Design Innovation and is teaching a new course this semester on Bioinspired Design in Jacobs Hall to 110 students from a wide range of disciplines and years.

Robert Full

Integrative Biology
Prof. Ronald Fearing
Ronald Fearing is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in Jan. 1988. He was Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Matters from 2000-2006. His current research interests are in milli-robotics, including flying and crawling milli-robots, parallel nano-grasping (gecko adhesion), micro-assembly, and rapid prototyping. He has worked in tactile sensing, teletaction, and dextrous manipulation. He has a PhD from Stanford in EE (1988) and SB and SM in EECS from MIT (1983). He received the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991, and is the co-inventor on 18 US and international patents.

Professor Fearing directs the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab which aims to harness features of animal manipulation, locomotion, sensing, actuation, mechanics, dynamics, and control strategies to radically improve millirobot capabilities. Research in the lab ranges from fundamental understanding of mechanical principles to novel fabrication techniques to system integration of autonomous millirobots. The lab works closely with biologists to develop models of function which can be tested on engineered and natural systems. The lab’s current research is centered on all-terrain crawling using nanostructured adhesives and bioinspired flight.

Ronald Fearing

Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
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