WhalePower Corporation is a Canadian company established in Toronto in 2005 to create energy efficient rotating devices for a myriad of different applications. WhalePower Corporation has patented and developed Tubercle Technology, applying it first to a small turbine and then to large scale HVLS fans.

WhalePower has since developed for clients a new kind of cooling tower fan, a diesel engine cooling fan, a new fan small enough to cool computer graphic cards which is better than the best available on the market. WhalePower currently licenses the right to use tubercles on rotating devices to others who wish to test, develop, manufacture and sell such machines. Many uses, from marine thrusters to low flow hydro generation, to pumps, compressors, and mixers, await exploitation.


Videos :

Releases :

ENERGY FROM THE SEA / WhalePower confirms the 20% gain from its process.

CLEANTECH REPUBLIC / 06 MAR 2019 / Whale fin blades to boost wind turbine performance

LES ECHOS / 03 JUNE 2019 / Biomimicry: wind turbine blades mimic the fins of humpback whales

ASK NATURE / 01 OCT 2016 /  Tubercle Technology blades





With the world's most advanced neuromorphic vision systems, inspired by human vision and built on the foundation of neuromorphic engineering.

PROPHESEE is the revolutionary system that gives Metavision to machines, revealing what was previously invisible to them.

Prophesee is the inventor of the world's most advanced neuromorphic vision systems.

Inspired by human vision, Prophesee's technology uses a patented sensor design and AI algorithms that mimic the eye and brain to reveal what was invisible until now using standard frame-based technology.

Prophesee's machine vision systems open new potential in areas such as autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, IoT, security and surveillance, and AR/VR. One early application was in medical devices that restore vision to the blind.

Prophesee's technology is fundamentally different from the traditional image sensors - it introduces a paradigm shift in computer visionevent-based vision.

Guillaume Butin's presentation at Biomim'expo 2019:

The board Biomim'review :

Other releases :

BFM Business 26 FEB 2020 : Sony acquires stake in French company Prophesee to further develop machine vision

Engineering techniques 18 MAR 2020 : Prophesee develops neuromorphic vision sensors

Les Echos Entrepreneurs 28 OCT 2019 : Prophesee secures €25 million and deploys its sensors in industry

The Tribune 28 OCT 2019: Deeptech Prophesee raises €25 million to give sight to the blind and to machines

Le Figaro 28 OCT 2019: Prophesee raises 25 million and shows new ambitions

VB 28 OCT 2019 : Prophesee raises $28 million for machine vision sensors that mimic the human eye



Guillaume Butin | Marketing Communications Director

gbutin@prophesee.ai | +33 (0) 6 63 87 26 39



The Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Marey is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7287), associating Aix-Marseille University and the CNRS through the Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), the main institute, and three secondary institutes: the Institute of Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS); the Institute of Computer Sciences and their Interactions (INS2I) and the Institute of Human and Social Sciences (INSHS).

The institute is located on several sites of Aix-Marseille University, the Luminy campus, the Sainte-Marguerite Hospital, the Timone Hospital, and the IUT site of Aix-en-Provence


The Institute's research themes focus on the mechanical, physiological, neurological, psychological and sociological determinants of the motor skills of living beings, particularly humans.

The Institute's project is to develop interdisciplinarity for the study of Movement, in order to work at the frontiers of disciplinary fields.

Research teams :

Intervention by Stéphane Viollet and Antoine Wystrach at Biomim'expo 2019 to present the robot AntBot :

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2019 :

Sources / contacts :

UMR 7287 CNRS & Aix-Marseille University
Faculty of Sport Sciences, CP 910
163, av. de Luminy F-13288 Marseille cedex 09 (FRANCE)
Telephone: +33 (0)491 17 22 55
Fax: +33 (0)491 17 22 52
E-mail : ism-com@univ-amu.fr




The Animal Cognition Research Centre (ACRC) is part of the Centre for Integrative Biology of Toulouse (CBI Toulouse)This research federation brings together five laboratories in Toulouse. It has two supervisory bodies which are the CNRS and theUniversity of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier.

The main objective of the CRCA is the multidisciplinary and comparative study of cognitive processes in various animal models ranging from invertebrates to vertebrates.

  • At the level of the individual, we are interested in perceptual processes, selective attention, and the learning and memorization of point and spatial cues. The understanding of these processes requires multidisciplinary studies from various approaches such as ethology, experimental psychology, neuroethology, neurobiology, molecular biology and modelling. In this context, the study of the animal brain and its plasticity is a priority of our unit.
  • At the level of societies or species living in groups, we are interested in the behavioural rules allowing the coordination of activities within groups, from which complex collective behaviour can emerge through self-organisation processes. We thus study distributed cognition based on interactions and the direct or indirect transmission of information between individuals. In this framework, approaches from ethology, modelling, physics and robotics are employed.

Research teams :

Collective behaviour (CAB) Person in charge: Vincent Fourcassié

Experience-dependent plasticity in insects (EXPLAIN) Leaders: Martin Giurfa and Jean-Marc Devaud

Sources / contacts :

Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (UMR 5169) - Centre de Biologie Intégrative
CNRS - Paul Sabatier University - Bât 4R3
710 Rosalind Franklin Court
118, route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 09

Telephone (secretariat, Mrs C. Renault) : +33 5 61 55 67 31

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2019 :


ANTBOT - geolocation without GPS

Her name is Cataglyphis and she's great. She is a desert ant, a navigator who moves without GPS, thanks to a celestial compass because she can "read" light!

Researchers have deciphered its secret and even used it as a bio-inspired tool to develop the AntBot robot, a revolution in future navigation strategies.

Discover this fantastic story inspired by the living with Stéphane Viollet, Director of Research at CNRS, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM-UMR7287) Aix Marseille University, and Antoine Wystrach, Research Fellow at the CNRS, Animal Cognition Research Centre in Toulouse (CNRS) Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III), told at Biomim'expo 2019.

Other videos :

Sources / contacts :

CNRS researcher l Stéphane Viollet // T +33 4 91 82 83 68 // +33 6 34 14 15 94 // stephane.viollet@univamu.fr
Press CNRS l Priscilla Dacher // T +33 1 44 96 46 06 // priscilla.dacher@cnrs.fr

Other releases :

The CNRS press release: The first legged robot that moves without GPS

Science Robotics : AntBot: A six-legged walking robot able to home like desert ants in outdoor environments

Futura Sciences : Meet Antbot, an ant-inspired robot that moves without GPS

Engineering techniques : AntBot: a robot that orientates itself like an ant - Applications to visual navigation without GPS or magnetometer

Rfi : AntBot, ant robot without GPS

The World : AntBot, an autonomous robot inspired by desert ants



IN SITU ARCHITECTURE is an architectural firm run by two associated DPLG architects, Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot and Jérôme Lanici. The firm works on a wide range of programmes: housing, hotels, offices, facilities, mainly in France and occasionally abroad.

IN SITU ARCHITECTURE won the Prix grand public de l'architecture in 2010 and the European 40 architects under 40 award in 2016. IN SITU works in close collaboration with the RDP laboratory, Reproduction and Development of Plants, which is one of the biology laboratories of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS. RDP is one of the world leaders in interdisciplinary analysis of plant development.

IN SITU ARCHITECTURE is the 2016 winner of the European 40 under 40 architects award. Its Nianing church project is a winner of the international Architecture Masterprize 2019, Global Architecture and Design Award 2019 and nominated for the Green Solution Award, Carré d'Or and the AFEX World Grand Prize in 2020.

IN SITU LAB IN SITU LAB is a technical and research consultancy led by two partners, Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot, architect DPLG, and Teva Vernoux, Doctor of Plant Biology. IN SITU LAB has expertise in the fields of :

  • the design of new materials, passive devices and construction systems with a very low environmental footprint
  • the design of biomimetic methods and software tools to assist in the design of passive and low carbon building forms;
  • and more generally, sustainable architectural and urban design (resilience, self-sufficiency, natural light, bioclimatism, biomimicry, recycling...)


Some video clips

Join the Vernoux brothers in tandem on this podcast:


For this new episode: biomimicry & architecture. Or when our buildings are inspired by living things to better integrate into their environment.  

Two brothers, an architect and a biologist, are combining their research efforts to develop solutions for the construction and renovation of energy-efficient buildings that are directly inspired by nature. An interview to find out how biomimicry can bring architecture into the era of ecological and energy transition.

To be listened to without moderation here

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2021 :

The Biomim'Galerie boards dedicated to IN SITU Architecture research work:

News: Nianing church recognised and nominated :

  • The Awards :

AFEX / March 2020 / The building is selected as a finalist for the AFEX World Grand Prix

International Design Award / January 2020 / Honorable mention for the church in Nianing.

ARCHITECTURE MASTERPRIZE / September 2019 / Nianing Church is a winner: CHURCH NIANING - Winner in Architectural Design / Misc. Architecture

Global Award and Design Award / August 2019 / Nianing church is a winner: First Award | Category: Cultural (Built)

Faith & Form / July 2019 / US newspaper awards Nianing church 2019 excellence award: 2019 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

  • The Press speaks about it:

THE MONITOR / March 2020 / The newspaper announces the 10 nominees for the AFEX World Grand Prix and begins its ranking with the church in Nianing: Afex Grand Prix 2020: the 10 nominated operations

CNRS JOURNAL / January 2020 / Article on the work of IN SITU and RDP, illustrated by the church of Nianing: When architecture imitates nature

ECOLOGIK / January 2020 / The magazine publishes a full page on the church of Nianing: A church in the shape of a shell by In Situ Architecture

THE WORLD / December 2019 / Nianing Church featured in a large 3-page article on biomimicry: How to build sustainable cities inspired by nature

THE MONITOR / October 2019 / A full page on the church of Nianing : Senegal - A church inspired by the living

CONSTRUCTION 21 / September 2019 / Special mention to the church in Nianing and article on passive ventilation in a hot climate: The context of the church in Nianing

FOR SCIENCE / May-June 2019 / Double page on the Nianing church and its bio-inspired passive ventilation principle from the Senegalese termite mound. The biomimetic approach and the partnership between IN SITU ARCHITECTURE and the RDP laboratory are highlighted: Church, termites and shells

The research programme :

A MULTI-SCIPLINARY TEAM: a unique partnership between an architectural firm and a biology laboratory that brings together architects, biologists, engineers and researchers in a transversal manner.


Plants are our main source of inspiration. Their analysis allows us to understand and reproduce the underlying mechanisms of biodiversity in terms of ecological resilience, robustness, productivity, energy efficiency, stability, self-organisation, intra-population communication, etc.

Depending on the climate and their geographical location, buildings are designed according to forms adapted to environmental stimuli: sunlight, light, wind, temperature, humidity, etc.

The implementations are designed to avoid waste and to use simple and economical technologies with the aim of achieving optimal and sustainable energy efficiency.

Like plants, we conceive biomimetic architecture as a system that optimises its form and habitability in response to geoclimatic constraints.

CASE STUDY: A bio-inspired architecture based on plant phyllotaxis:

The layout of the buildings and their orientation are based on the same organisational principle as the plants. Like leaves, the flats all benefit from direct sunlight. This layout was calculated by a biomimetic algorithm that optimises the density of the building and the solar gain.

The benefit is twofold: it reduces energy consumption by using the passive energy of the sun and increases the health of the users by regulating their biorhythm.


  • Modelling of biological systems
  • Transfer to an architectural, urban or territorial model
  • Bioclimatic parametric design
  • 3D generative algorithm
  • 3D environmental impact assessment
  • 3D energy simulation



Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot, founder


about the Biomim'City Lab :

The Biomim'City Lab is a working and prospective group led by a college of experts aiming to promote and intensify innovative collaborative approaches applying the principles and methodologies of biomimicry, in the service of the reinvention of virtuous, regenerative and resilient cities, inspired and designed by and for living things.


The presentation

The manifesto


The EEL tidal turbine, energy conversion by undulating membrane.

  • The EEL Energy membrane optimises energy transfer by fluid/structure coupling. This induces a corrugation of the membrane.
  • The membrane undulates under the pressure of the moving fluid. These periodic deformations of the structure are transformed into electricity via an electromechanical system.
  • Energy is converted all along the membrane.
  • A control loop optimises the energy collection according to the incident current.
  • The technology is internationally patented.
The intervention of EEL Energy with the 3DEXPERIENCELab and Techniques de l'Ingénieur during the Biomim'expo digital week 2020
The intervention of EEL Energy and its partners at Biomim'expo 2019

The board of the Biomim'gallery :

The film Nature=Future:

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2021 :

Press releases :


DNA / MAR 2020 / Energy: 5 French companies want to change the game

ACTU-ENVIRONMENT / MAR 2019 / EEL Energy refines its tidal turbine inspired by fish swimming

CONSOGLOBE / MAR 2019 / Eel Energy: a wave turbine to produce electricity

NEW FACTORY / MAR 2019 / Eel Energy, a tidal turbine inspired by the undulation of eels

LES ECHOS / MAR 2019 / Eel Energy tests its new tidal turbine prototype at Ifremer

ENERGIES OF THE SEA / FEB 2019 / A 2nd thesis on the EEL Energy tidal turbine



Franck Sylvain, CEO, fsylvain@eel-energy.fr


Reminder of the commitment


5 November 2019 - press release

Arnaud Leroy, President and CEO of ADEME, and Pascale Loiseleur, Mayor of Senlis and Vice-President of CEEBIOS, today signed a multi-year partnership agreement to strengthen the development of biomimicry in France for the ecological and energy transition.

To meet the challenges of the ecological transition, new transdisciplinary and trans-sectoral approaches are essential to reconcile resource conservation and prosperity, while reducing the impact of human activities on the environment in the long term. In France, nearly 200 research projects and more than 150 companies are using this approach.

For example, the strategy of the Morpho butterfly, whose wings absorb heat by radiation, can inspire the development of photovoltaic panels to make them more resistant and better adapted to very high temperatures.

Bringing together more than 100 partners (academics, companies and institutions), CEEBIOS accelerates the societal transition through biomimicry by federating a network of expert actors and developing the resources necessary for the appropriation of the approach by the academic, institutional and private sectors.

The partnership with ADEME will actively contribute to the operational implementation of biomimicry on the national territory for an ecological transition inspired by the living world.

The agreement signed today is based on 6 main objectives:

  • the appropriation of the biomimicry approach by the actors of public and private institutions;
  • strengthening the integration of biomimicry in ADEME's calls for projects;
  • the mobilisation of the Regions ;
  • carrying out socio-economic and environmental impact studies of biomimicry;
  • the development of a guide to eco-design through biomimicry;
  • support for communication actions such as the annual "Biomim'expo" event and the production of documentary series.

Arnaud Leroy's speech at the Biomim'expo digital week 2020, in duo with Kalina Raskin, General Manager of Ceebios:

Arnaud Leroy's speech at Biomim'expo 2019 : (à 4:30)



FinX develops and licenses an innovative nautical propulsion technology, which replaces the propeller with an undulating membrane, inspired by fish.

The patented FinX technology uses a flexible diaphragm, whose undulation, like a fish's fin, propels the water with greater energy efficiency (applied to industrial pumps, the energy saving is 30% compared to a propeller with the same speed, which is very promising for pleasure boats, expedition boats and tomorrow's autonomous boats). It is therefore not only more economical but also quieter and less dangerous for humans and biodiversity.

FinXas it sounds, is using an impressive bioinspired technology to propel boats a fin, undulating like a fish, replacing the old propeller technology.

More efficient, almost maintenance free, and totally safe... here are some advantages of our amazing technology!

Harold Guillemin's presentation at Biomim'expo 2019 :

Harold Guillemin's presentation at Biomim'expo digital week 2020
Harold Guillemin's presentation at the Biomim'expo digital week 2020

JULY 2019, FinX had the honour of presenting its biomimetic boat propulsion technology to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, at the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge!

JUNE 2019, meeting with Brune Poirson, Secretary of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, at the INTERNATIONAL CLEANTECH WEEK exhibition in Annecy where FinX was invited to pitch on its wave fin boat engine technology.

MAY 2019, Thank you ParisSaclaySPRING and CCIEssonne for the first pitchcontest prize awarded! Thank you Cedric Villani for inspiring entrepreneurs!

Thank you also to all the partners of this successful event for your support and your gifts, especially Airbus, CréditAgricole and Fidal.

FinX CentraleSupélec ESSEC biomimicry Makeouroceansblueagain

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2021 :

The Fin'X board in the Biomim'Gallery :



Harold Guillemin, harold.guillemin@finxmotors.com