In the ever-evolving landscape of medical technology, nature serves as a remarkable source of inspiration. Evolution has honed the biological world into a repository of ingenious solutions to complex problems. From the precision of a spider’s silk-spinning to the efficiency of a dragonfly’s flight, nature offers design and control principles that can revolutionise medical applications.

In the realm of medical robotics, nature-inspired developments have led to groundbreaking innovations, transcending conventional approaches. Consider, for example, continuum robots, inspired by the remarkable dexterity and flexibility of elephant trunks. Mimicking the trunk’s ability to navigate through confined spaces and grasp objects delicately, continuum robots offer a minimally invasive solution for surgeries, enabling precise manoeuvres within the human body. Another intriguing example is the emergence of microrobots inspired by the intricate movements of bacteria and sperm cells. These diminutive wonders serve as models for developing targeted drug delivery systems, navigating through the human bloodstream with unprecedented precision.

The workshop delves into these and other examples, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between biology and technology. As we unravel the secrets encoded in nature’s designs, we unlock solutions that can reshape the landscape of medical robotics, ultimately improving patient outcomes and advancing the frontiers of healthcare.

This workshop, spanning half a day, aims to gather 5-6 distinguished speakers who will present their latest advancements in bio-inspired medical robotics. We strive for a diverse lineup, ensuring a balance in geographical representation and academic expertise. A highlight of the workshop is a spirited debate featuring all speakers. They will be split into two groups to engage in a discourse on the topic “Does nature offer optimal solutions, or can we go beyond nature?” The audience will have the chance to actively participate in the debate session by scanning a QR code in real-time.


The programme will be posted in May 2024.

Learning Outcomes

  • Fundamental Understanding of Bio-Inspired Robotics: Participants will delve into the principles of bio-inspired robotics, exploring how natural systems influence medical robot design and functionality. Key biological inspirations behind current robotic technologies will be a focus.
  • Applications and Latest Trends in Medical Contexts: The workshop will highlight the application of bio-inspired robotics in medical procedures, emphasising their benefits and limitations. Participants will learn about the latest trends in the field, presented by established researchers, enriching their understanding of current and future developments.
  • Critical Analysis and Ethical Considerations: Speakers will critically analyse bio-inspired medical robots through various case studies, assessing their design and impact on patient care. The session will also cover ethical considerations in the deployment of these technologies in healthcare.
  • Innovative Design and Collaboration: This segment will encourage innovative thinking and collaborative design. Participants will engage in a brainstorm session to conceptualise new bio-inspired robotic solutions, fostering teamwork and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Insights through Expert Debate: The workshop will conclude with a dynamic debate featuring leading experts in the field. This engaging session is designed to offer attendees a deeper understanding of the future of bio-inspired medical robotics.

Half Day Workshop (13:30 – 17:00)


This workshop is accredited for 3 CPD points.