BioMEMS seminar "Emergent Functionality of Cellular Buildup Wet Robotics" tomorrow

Kentaro Iwami iwami at
Thu Nov 10 13:42:46 PST 2011

Hi All,

I'm sorry for my fool mistake but seminar is starting at "Allen 101",
not "Allen 101X".


On Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:57:28 -0800
Kentaro Iwami <iwami at> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Prof. Keisuke Morishima, former SNF labmember from Osaka University will visit Stanford tomorrow.
> He is an authority of BioMEMS and will be speaking "Emergent Functionality of Cellular Buildup Wet
> Robotics", including MEMS-fabricated muscle-powered bioactuator and  biochemical energy source.
> I strongly recommend to join it! 
> Title: Emergent Functionality of Cellular Buildup Wet Robotics
> Author: Keisuke Morishima, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 
> 	Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita 565-0871, JAPAN
> Place	Allen 101X, 11/10/2011 (Thu), 1:30pm-2:30pm
> Abstract:
>  We have demonstrated an environmentally robust hybrid (biotic?abiotic) robotic system that uses
> living components, called “Cellular Build Up Wet Nano Robotics”. Our group has already presented
> a bioactuator using rat heart muscle cells, but it is difficult to keep rat heart muscle cells
> contracting spontaneously without maintaining the culture conditions carefully. By contrast, insect
> cells are much robust over a range of culture conditions (temperature, osmotic pressure and pH)
> compared to mammalian cells. Therefore, insect cells are more practical use of a hybrid wet robotic
> system, and they can be driven without precise environmental control. From this point of view, to
> utilize robust biological components as a functional systems and self assembly process and their
> emergent functionality, and to build up such a soft and wet machines will lead us an innovative
> fundamental change and produce a new principle and design to future man-made systems. We
> demonstrate the example of a micro bioactuator and mechanical systems driven by biochemical energy.
> This novel muscle-powered bioactuator successfully show autonomous beating at room temperature for
> a long time without maintenance. Experimental results suggest the possibility of constructing an
> environmentally robust hybrid wet robotic system with living components and open up a new science
> and technology, biorobotic approach, medical, environmental monitoring, agriculture and industrial
> application.
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> Kentaro IWAMI, Ph. D.
> Visiting scholar, Center for Integrated Systems, Stanford University
> Paul G. Allen Building, 420 Via Palou Mall, Room 113,  Stanford, CA 94305-4070 USA
> Tel: 650-223-3817      E-mail: iwami at
> Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering,
> Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
> 2-24-16 Nakacho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 Japan
> Tel: +81-42-388-7422 Fax: +81-42-388-7093 E-mail:k_iwami at
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