The Study Group of Aero Aqua
Bio-Mechanisms (ABMECH), Osaka University , University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Northeastern University
Center (NUMSC) are
organizing the Third International Symposium on Aero Aqua Bio-Mechanisms
(ISABMEC 2006). The symposium will be held on 3-7 July in 2006 at Okinawa Convention Center
in Ginowan-city, Okinawa , Japan
. Original papers on the theme of
this symposium are solicited for submission.
on July 3-7, 2006
at Okinawa Convention Center
, Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan.
In 1997, the study group of Aqua Bio-Mechanisms (ABMECH) was established
in Japan . The goals of this group are: first, to understand
the mechanisms that enable flying and swimming animals to move effectively
and efficiently in their environments, and second, to reveal the
characteristics of their structures, functions and behaviors. Based
upon this information we plan to develop novel machines and vehicles that
mimic or emulate natural motions in environmentally benign ways.
To encourage broad participation in these interdisciplinary fields
of basic science and applied engineering, ABMECH has previously organized the
1st and the 2nd International Symposia on Aqua Bio-Mechanisms in Honolulu in 2000 and
2003, respectively. Over 70 biologists and engineers participated from Japan , the U.S.A.
and five other countries. Programs included oral and poster
presentations as well as several keynote speeches. The symposia
provided many opportunities for networking between biologists and engineers.
We are now preparing the Third International Symposium on Aero
Aqua Bio-Mechanisms (ISABMEC 2006). “Aqua Bio-Mechanisms” has been
renamed “Aero Aqua Bio-Mechanism” hoping to further expand our group to those
studying various types of organisms and machineries under aerodynamic
circumstances. We believe that the studies on
biomechanisms and bioengineering to be presented will have significant
impacts on the future development of autonomous swimming and flying
systems. The symposium will also provide a good opportunity for you to
visit Okinawa , one of the main prefectures now actively supporting
marine science. A project that has produced a prosthetic tail fluke for
an injured bottlenose dolphin will be a major feature of an excursion to the