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Biomimetics and Robotics: Taking Cues From Nature

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.

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  • Charlie L.

    Here's a fascinating product/system - AIPOLY ("Vision Through Artificial Intelligence" @

    They have several videos including an app that identifies objects for low-vision folk.

    3 days ago

    • David W.

      Richard, if you're listening, can you try Charlie's find on your iPhone?

      3 days ago

    • Richard H

      I tried to download the app, but it requires IOS 10 which my iPhone 4s does not support. Sorry.


  • Roberto

    Really intense.
    Good participants and good discussions.
    I'd like some of the more knowledgeable participants to be daring and tell us what they know.
    I have no fear to ask dumb question and I'm successful at that!

    2 · February 18

    • David W.

      Forgot to mention: Always a pleasure having your Roberto! Your insights are always valuable and informative, and, haha, no questions are dumb questions. I especially like it when you put forth challenges as it gets everyone to thinking more deeply. If you have any suggestions for topics for future meetup, by all means, please share.

      5 days ago

    • David W.

      * Always a pleasure having you, Roberto!

      5 days ago

  • Han O.

    Great meeting yesterday guys! I got a question. What was the name of the library used to classify the bird sounds? I recall it was T-SENS or something like that? What would be the best machine learning library to analyze and categorize sounds?

    1 · February 19

    • David W.

      Hello, Han. Sorry for the delayed response.

      To answer your question: t-SNE (pronounced tiz-nee) is a machine learning algorithm for data dimensionality reduction: https://en.wikipedia.o...­ . The example uses depicted in the short videos presented at the meetup were from Google's AI Experiments lab: https://aiexperiments....­ . I'll be posting a summary of the meetup in the next couple of days that will include more information on t-SNE and all other things discussed. Thanks for your expressing your questions and interest, Han. It was great having you at the meetup again, and thank you for sharing information about your project. If you would like, perhaps we can schedule an extended period of time for you to present your project in full as it is projects like yours which our meetup is all about--hardware implentations of AI. Just send me a pm whenever you'd like to do that.

      5 days ago

  • David W.

    Charlieeeee! We neeeed yooooo! Heeheehee... whenever you can make it, my friend. Until then, we'll just have to suffer through. Seriously, though, I'm sure your insights would be a great addition to our lively discussions.

    February 15

  • Charlie L.

    I just have too much scheduled for Saturday ... hope to make the next one.

    February 15

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