2017 ~ Present| Section - VVH

Living Dynamical Systems

GOALS: To discover physical principles of how animals move in complex, challenging environments. Use tools from physics, neuroscience, biomechanics and robotics to extract mechanism of how animal and engineered systems move especially with respect to stability, agility, and robustness.

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: High-speed videography, dynamic systems, stability and maneuverability, neural recording and control, robophysics models, controls, animal experiments (mostly insects), experimental engineering, physical modeling.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES: Neuromechanics – the physics of movement in the context of the brain and body, robots as physical models to explore locomotion, sensor and device development for small (insect-size) locomoting system, small flapping flight, small legged running, bio-inspired design.

MEETING TIME: Wed, 3:00-3:50

ADVISORS: Simon Sponberg (Phys, BioSci)

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: National Science Foundation, Physics of Living Systems Network


Phys – Background/interest in dynamic systems, robophysics, biophysics, neuroscience,  classical mechanics, active matter, statistical mechanics

BioSci, BME, BioE, Psych – Background/interest in neuroscience, biomechanics, animal behavior, locomotion, physiology, biophysics

Math – Background/interest in applied math, dynamic systems

ME, MSE, EE, AE, BioE – Background/interest in robotics, bio-inspired design, neurotechnology, experimental engineering, controls, sensing

CmpE, CS– Background/interest in controls, machine vision, tracking


Prof. Simon Sponberg, Sponberg@gatech.edu