Advances in informatics, nanotechnology, and deeper understanding of biological systems have provided new opportunities to make fundamental advances in sensing and dynamic control of engineered systems. BioSensing-BioActuation (BSBA) is a developing new research frontier that will profoundly impact both engineering and biological sciences in sensing/actuation science and technologies, and has the potential for bringing a paradigm shift in engineering and biological research by creating new, truly cross-disciplinary research methodologies. BSBA refers to an emergent research area that aims at developing novel bio-derived and bio-inspired sensing/actuation technologies based on the fundamental understanding of biological systems. It is highly interdisciplinary by nature, drawing expertise from biology, engineering, computer science, materials science, and mathematics.
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan funded BSBA Summer Institute 2011 is part of a six year series (initial funding for three years), with alternate institutes planned in the U.S. and Taiwan. US Summer Institutes will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010, 2012, 2014). The Taiwanese Summer Institutes will be held at the National Taiwan University (2011, 2013, 2015)."