Inventors inspired by nature attend conference hosted by UMaine

Velcro, bullet trains, and prosthetic limbs may not seem to have much in common – but they were all designed by humans to artificially mimic nature.

Biomimetics is the study of the development and function of human-made synthetics created to mimic models of the natural world.

Sticky plant burrs were the inspiration for the invention of Velcro. Bullet trains are designed with a long, beaked nose – much like the aerodynamic Kingfisher bird. And prosthetic limbs are closely modeled after human and animal limbs.

A group of engineers, scientists, medical doctors and surgeons attended the Biomimetics, Artificial Muscles and Nano-Bio (BAMN) 10th International Congress on Sept. 8-11 to present and discuss current research and methods to improve the quality of life and health on Earth.

The event was co-chaired by University of Maine professors of mechanical engineering Mohsen Shahinpoor and Masoud Rais-Rohani.

Participants from around the globe attended world-class lectures, presentations, exhibits and workshops to learn about topics such as medical implants, advances in nanomaterials and energy harvesters.

Shahinpoor says the congress inspires new international research and forward-thinking discussions – such as androids of the future.

More information about the BAMN 2019 Congress can be found online.

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