PLEASED satellite workshop on Bio-inspired ICT at ECCS 2014 the 24th of Sept.

PLEASED is organising a satellite workshop at ECCS 2014 on Bio-inspired ICT in collaboration  with the “twin” project PLANTOID

The goal of the workshop is to stimulate the discussion and the exchange of ideas between the consolidated community of researchers developing “animals” inspired technologies with the new community of researchers developing “plants” inspired ones

The workshop will be the 24th of September in the CONFERENCE ROOM of SAN PONZIANO COMPLEX -  IMT building in Piazza San Ponziano 6, Lucca, Italy.


9:00 – 9:30 Giorgio Metta (IIT): The Use of Motor Invariants Can Improve Action Discrimination
9:30 – 10:00 Pasquale Fedele (Liquid Web): Brain Computer Interfaces
10:00 – 10:30 Stefano Mancuso (University of Florence): New Frontiers on Plant
10:30 -10:45 Coffe break
10:45 – 11:15 Barbara Mazzolai (IIT): PLANTOID: a new generation of plant-inspired robots
11:15 – 11:45 Lucia Beccai e Virgilio Mattoli (IIT): Plant inspired technologies for sensing and actuation
11:45 – 12:15 Andrea Vitaletti (WLAB and University of Rome “La Sapienza”: How to collect and analyse the signal generated by plants in reaction to external stimuli
12:15 – 13:00 Discussion


During the last week-end we had the PLEASED workshop at NDES 2014

I think the workshop has been a success and we already have  follow-up with some of the speakers.

In summary, the main messages are:

  • Signals can be segmented to find out homogeneous sections -  Prof. Pedro Bernaola-Galvan, University of Malaga, Spain
  • It is possible to analyse human physiology with contectless devices… Can it be applied to plants? –   Prof. Hagen Malberg, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, TU Dresden, Germany
  • The flow of information in the brain can provide significant insights … what happens in plants?  – Prof. Daniele Marinazzo, University Gent, Belgium
  • Modeling  physiological systems is far beyond what you see! … Applying techniques used to analyse human signals to plants one  could open new frontiers - Prof. Plamen Ch. Ivanov, Boston University and Harvard Medical School

Thanks a lot to all the participants



A workshop in which experts on signals generated by animals and human beings and researchers of PLEASED will discuss together.

“By confronting our experience to the knowledge accumulated in the analysis of electro-physiological signals in living being, we intend to build up a community of scientists interested in exploring this exciting field of signals in plants that promises new insights in what we should consider a communicating, intelligent, social living being”