2018 Joint International Conference - IWBE - IBO (Israeli Biomimicry Organization)

The 7th International Workshop of Bionic Engineering (IWBE18)

The 4th Biomimicry- Academy & Industry conference

June 14, 2018, The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

The Joint International Conference – IWBE- IBO organized by the International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) in collaboration with the Israeli Biomimicry Organization (IBO), the Biomimicry Laboratory, Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, and the Learning From Nature Laboratory, Technion, will be held in Tel-Aviv University, Israel, June 14, 2018.

This conference aims to provide an international forum for scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs around the world who are working in the field of bionic engineering and biomimetic design and also for dissemination of information and knowledge exchange in biomimetics and bionic engineering. A broad range of topics and application areas will be devised to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this conference, and the unique interface of academy and industry.

Conference Schedule

Lecture's titles are linked to the abstracts

08:00-09:00: Registration

09:00-09:20: Opening & Greetings

Session 1: Materials

Dr. Yael Helfman Cohen - Cofounder and CEO of the Israel biomimicry organization


Nature's Gift - Nano Biomimics: Materials of the Future

Oded Shoseyov, The Hebrew University, Israel


Bio-Inspired Routes for Controlling the Structure and Properties of Materials: Reusing proven tricks on new materials

Boaz Pokoroy, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel


Spectral Transition in Bio-Inspired Self-Assembled Peptide Nucleic Acid Photonic Crystals

Ehud Gazit, Tel Aviv University, Israel


Poly (vinyl alcohol)/Silkworm Silk Composites With Spider Silk Behavior

Jinlian Hu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


Coffee Break


Session 2:  Flow & Locomotion

Prof. Daniel Weihs - Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Head, Technion Autonomous Systems Program and Learning from Nature Laboratory, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering


The Aerodynamic Filtering System of the Sandfish Skink

Anna T. Stadler, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria


Bio-Inspired Control Surfaces for the Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

Vladimir Pavlov, Stanford University, USA


Double Tail Thrusters for Aquatic Locomotion

Daniel Weihs & Guy Kagan, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel


Performance Investigation of a Bionic Underwater Propulsor

Junqiang Lou, Ningbo University, China


Bioinspired Internal Model Feedforward Control for Airborne Photoelectric Platform

ZhiDe Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China.


Lunch Break


Session 3: Biomedical & Robotics

Dr. Daphne Haim Langford - Cofounder and chairperson of the Israel biomimicry organization


Moisture-Responsive Biomimetic Graphene Robots by Photoreduction

Wen-Jing Tian, Jilin University, China


Biomimetic Multiple-Layered Hydrogels for Controlled Drug Release

Wei Zhang, Dalian University of Technology, China


Fighting Autoimmune Diseases by Mimicking Intestinal Worms’ Tactics

Zohar Milman, Tarsiuspharma, Israel


Blood Vessels and Human Liver as Bio-Inspiration to Reduce Internal Transport Costs in Factories

Daniel Tinello, Graz University of Technology, Austria


Coffee Break


Session 4: Biomimicry & Bionic Design – New Directions

Prof. Yoram Reich ( Chair) - Faculty of Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Head, Biomimicry Laboratory, The Porter School of Environmental Studies

15:20- 15:40

Why Do We Throw So Much Away?

Julian Vincent, UK


Phenomenological and Analytical Approaches Underline Biomimetics as a Science

Manfred Drack, University of Tubingen, Germany


The Future of Biomimicry & Bionic Design, Multi-Participant Panel

Guided by Yoram Reich


Summary & Closure


Posters Session

Bio-Inspiration Studio: Learning to Innovate from and by Nature

The David Azrieli School of Architecture & Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University

Numerical Study On Drag-reduction Mechanism Of Thermally Conductive Elastic Bionic Wall Based On Fluid-solid-heat Coupling

Limei TIAN, Jilin University, China

Strength Of Non-smooth Unit Fabricated By Laser And Its Effect On Thermal Fatigue Behavior Of 3cr2w8v Die Steel Inspired From The Biological System

Prof. Zhihui Zhang, Jilin University, China

Effects Of Cu2+ Counter Ions On The Driving Performance Of Ipmc Artificial Muscle

Min Yu, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Biomimicry as a tool to study surface structure influence on plant-pathogen interaction

Maya Kleiman, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel

Bionic Study Of Oil Water Separation And Selective Oil Absorption

Jiaju Hong, Dalian Maritime University, China

Non-invasive Tag Design For Tracking Ocean Top Predators

V. Pavlov Stanford University, USA

A New Modified Coating On Biodegradable Alloy Functionalized In Order To Accelerate Osseointegration

Ioana Demetrescu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Elaboration Of Hybrid Bionic Coatings Introducing Natural Components As Chitosan And/or Hydroxiapatite On The Modified Surfaces Of Zr With 1d Nanoarchitectures

Ioana Demetrescu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Bionic Materials For Tribology

Zhiguang Guo, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, China

Study On Vortex Structure Of Unsteady Flow Of Torsional Wave Propulsión

Zhang Jun, China Ship Scientific Research Center, Wuxi, China

The Kinematics And Dynamics Characteristics Of The Digging-expanding Motion Of Forelegs In Mole Crickets

Yan Zhang, Tianjin University of Science & Technology, China

Honeycomb Inspired Macroscopic Ordered Porous Structure And Microscopic Ordered Porous Materials And Their Applications In Aerospace

Tian Chen, Nanjing University, China

Rocky Shore Inspired Coastal Defense Units

Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, Dr. Ido Sella, Dr. Andrew Rella, Adi Neuman, Tomer Hadary, Rviv Shirazi, Barak Saar, Nava Taragin, ECOcrete, Israel

Local Organizing Committee

Prof. Yoram Reich ( Chair)

Faculty of Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering
Head, Biomimicry Laboratory, The Porter School of Environmental Studies

Prof. Daniel Weihs

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Head, Technion Autonomous Systems Program and
Learning from Nature Laboratory,Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Yael Helfman Cohen

Cofounder and CEO of the Israel biomimicry organization

Dr. Daphne Haim Langford

Cofounder and Chairperson of the Israel biomimicry organization


Early registration until May 31

Registration & Payment in ShekelRegistration & Payment in USDRegistration & Payment in Euro

Fees including attendance to the conference & catering (breakfast, Lunch, coffee breaks)
For ISBE guests (payment in USD or Euro), fees including also a gala dinner at Tel-Aviv, June 14, 19:00
From June 1, registration fee will be raised by 10%

For Students reduced fee please contact us. (bachelor and master degree)


We've collaborated with Atlas Hotels, a leading boutique hotel chain in Israel, and secured special reduced rates.

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The Porter School of Environmental Studies building is located on George Wise Street, across from campus Gate 14 (outside the campus). Find us easily using Waze or Google Maps.

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The campus is served by numerous bus routes:

Egged routes: 572, 575, 222 ,271, 270, 274

Dan routes:  7,  25, 45, 289

Kavim routes: 94, 95, 137, 454, 464, 474, 500

Metropolin routes: 604

(Bus schedules and routes are subject to change. Please check with the bus companies for the latest information.)


The university railway station is within walking distance from campus, or you can catch Dan bus routes 7, 45 or 289 to and from the station, or walk up the "Science Promenade" that leads to the building.

A detailed train schedule is available here.


Please note that visitors cannot access the campus with private cars.

Students and visitors are encouraged to use one of the many parking lots adjacent to the campus (the closest one - Engineering/ Social Work parking lot on George Wise Street).


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