International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

November 9-15, 2018
November 11-14, 2018

Program - Auxiliary Guest Luncheon


“Living Machines: Bio-inspired, Bio-hybrid, and Organic Robots”

Dr. Vickie Webster-Wood

Dr. Vickie Webster-Wood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and is the director of the CMU Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group. The long-term research goal of the CMU B.O.R.G. is to develop completely organic, autonomous robots with programmable neural circuits. Such robotic systems will have applications in search and rescue, environmental monitoring, and prosthetics. However, to achieve this goal, robust organic solutions are needed for each of the four fundamental components of robotic systems: structures, actuators, sensors, and controllers. This research brings together bio-inspired robotics, tissue engineering, and computational neuroscience to create novel devices. Dr. Webster-Wood completed her postdoc as a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University in the Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab. She received her Ph.D. from the same institution as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Biologically-Inspired Robotics Lab. To date, she has published 13 peer-reviewed articles, including one in Science Robotics, as well as 11 external conference abstracts and presentations. Her work has been featured by many media outlets including features in Popular Mechanics, NPR’s Science Friday, and a video segment in FOX’s Nature Knows Best. Dr. Webster-Wood was a recipient of the ASME Auxiliary’s Elisabeth M. & Winchell M. Parsons Scholarship in 2015.

Tuesday November 13, 2018
Westin Hotel – Westmoreland West, 2nd fl.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Tickets – $40.00 plus tax