Mind In-Vitro: a bio-hybrid perspective on computing and robotics


Here I will briefly discuss opportunities and challenges of meshing biological cells and tissue with artificial substrates, for the realization of living computing and robotic systems. A path towards lab-grown cognitive and behavioral models is illustrated.


Mattia Gazzola is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC, a Blue Waters Professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a Faculty at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. He joined UIUC in Fall 2016 after a postdoc at Harvard and a PhD at ETH Zurich. His work lies at the interface between modeling, numerics, bio-physics and robotics, with a particular focus on biological locomotion, control and intelligence. His studies were awarded with the ETH Medal, Early and Advanced Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowships, NSF CAREER, and featured on the covers of several scientific journals including Science and Nature.