Over the course of billions of years of evolution on this planet, nature has slowly engineered amazing good-fit solutions to the many physics and life challenges that organisms face in their various eco-niches and struggle for survival.
Wikipedia defines biomimetics (biomimicry) as "the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex problems."
At this Meetup event, we'll take a fascinating survey--from micro to macro; from swimming, squirming, and crawling to walking, running, jumping, and flying--of what's happening in the world of biomimetic robots, along with the AI components that drive many of them.
Come prepared to be wowed and inspired and to participate and share in what will surely be a fun and informative discussion.
View a list of useful resources pertinent to the activities of this group on our Resources Discussion boards.
To catch up or review, here's a summary of what was demoed and discussed at the prior Jan. 28th meetup.
(We'll use this as a guide, but naturally, timing will possibly vary.)
11:00 - Loose discussion period - Recent AI/ML, robotics, IoT news... whatever comes to mind.
11:15 - Welcome message.
11:20 - 5-second personal introductions - Name, current occupation, main interests.
11:25 - Member project showcase - Show and/or discuss what you've been learning and working on. Because of their growing importance, we'll continue to examine Amazon Alexa (Echo), Google Assistant (Home), and other AI Assistants.
11:35 - Review and robotics applications of revealing the hidden data structure in high dimension as discussed in the Houston Machine Learning Meetup.
11:45 - Biomimetics/biomimicry in robotics article and video showcase.
1:00 - Break (or optionally continue on up to the start of the next meetup)
1:30 - Houston Robotics Club meetup - Attendance is optional.