He shared the stage with Pleurobot, a robot that carefully simulates the skeleton and motor nerves of the salamander Pleurodeles waltl. The natural species does not have glowing red or green LED eyes, but it does both walk and swim very effectively. Dr. Ijspeert talks through the simple and elegant way this salamander manages these feats.
Sensei Ijspeert gives us a good sense of why biomimetic robots are such a good idea both for understanding nature and for designing effective robots.
I’ve frequently advocated this approach, here is a truly excellent example of how to do it and what we learn when we can do so.