Towards Living Machines: current and future trends of tactile sensing, grasping, and social robotics

Vasiliki Vouloutsi, Lorenzo Cominelli, Mehmet Dogar, Nathan Lepora, Claudio Zito, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez

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The development of future technologies can be highly influenced by our deeper understanding of the principles that underlie living organisms. The Living Machines conference aims at presenting (among others) the interdisciplinary work of behaving systems based on such principles. Celebrating the 10 years of the conference, we present the progress and future challenges of some of the key themes presented in the robotics workshop of the Living Machines conference. More specifically, in this perspective paper, we focus on the advances in the field of biomimetics and robotics for the creation of artificial systems that can robustly interact with their environment, ranging from tactile sensing, grasping, and manipulation to the creation of psychologically plausible agents.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025002
Number of pages29
JournalBioinspiration & Biomimetics
Issue number2
Early online date23 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was partially funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under Grant EP/V052659/1.

This work was supported in part by Leverhulme Research Leadership Award on ‘A biomimetic forebrain for robot touch’ (RL-2016-39).

Data availability statement
No new data were created or analysed in this study.


  • anthropomorphism
  • biomimetics
  • grasping
  • manipulation
  • perception
  • robotics
  • touch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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