The Key Lab of Bionic Engineering of Ministry of Education, which subordinates to the national key subject of Agricultural Mechanization at Jilin University, is the only one key lab to engage in research on the bionic engineering and established by the Ministry of Education. The lab is charged by a director and guided by an Academic Committee, which is constituted of 15 academicians and 6 of them are from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The orientation of the lab is to conduct fundamental research on the application of bionic engineering through learning from nature and aiming at the international frontier of this research area as well as constantly involving multi-disciplines, with the goal of meeting the national requirement and establishing an excellent research team.
There are 4 major research areas in the lab, which are 1) bionic technologies of anti-adhesion and resistance reduction for terrain machine; 2) bionic tribology and bionic material; 3) bionic technologies of walking on loose and soft ground; and 4) machinery design and bionic technologies for biological production and process.
Currently, the lab has established a strong research team with academician Luquan Ren，professors and PhDs as the mainstays. The team gradually forms a rational structure in knowledge, education background, age and academic relation. Some of faculties and staffes are awarded as Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Winner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Yangtze River Scholars Distinguished Professor, member of the Disciplinary Appraisal Panels under the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, State Class Persons of Ten Million National New Century Talents Project, Winner of New/Tran-Century Training Program Foundation for the Talents by the State Education Commission.
The lab has obtained many research achievements, such as 2 “Second Prize” of the State Technological Invention Award, 1 “Second Prize” of the National Science and Technology Progress, and 38 “First Prize”/”Second Prize” of State/Province Science and Technology Award. There are more than 800 papers have published from the lab in the resent five years, in which more than 300 papers were included by Science Citation Index, more than 400 papers were included by Engineering Index. There are 8 books and edited collections that were published. More than 60 national invention patents have been applied and authorized.
The development goals of this lab are: developing theory and technical system in bionic engineering aiming at the advanced international science and technology, which is featured as multi-disciplines; establishing top academic research team and cultivating influential youth scholars of bionics in the world; strengthening the external cooperation and exchange in science and technology to improve the international academic influence; becoming the top and advanced research base domestic and abroad in bionic engineering.