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.
Issues Involved or Addressed
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.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
PHYS - Background/interest in dynamic systems, robophysics, biophysics, neuroscience, classical mechanics, active matter, statistical mechanics.
BIOL, BME, BioE, PSYC - 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