Dr Adam Stokes, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

This talk will focus on the challenges and opportunities in analysing, sensing, and controlling the flow of energy in complex systems, and on developing new manufacturing tools and processes for building from soft materials to yield machines with improved dynamics and efficiency. We, along with a growing international community, are developing a new field of multidisciplinary research—bioinspired soft systems engineering. Soft systems combine electronics with robotics; materials-science; and biology. This approach is not predicated on any one discipline but instead combines ideas which are abstracted from nature with experimental science and engineering. In this talk I will highlight the opportunities and challenges for sensing and measurement in this new class of machines.