Aero- and hydrodynamics have helped us understand how animals fly and swim and develop aerial and aquatic vehicles that work well.
By contrast, we know little about how animals move so well through almost any terrain, and even the best robots struggle in terrain like building rubble or loose Martian soil.
Analogous to aero- and hydrodynamics, we are creating terradynamics, new physics models of locomotor-terrain interactions, to understand animal locomotion and improve robotic mobility in complex terrain common in the real world.
Analogous to aero- and hydrodynamics, advancement of movement science by creating terradynamics is an interdisciplinary undertaking. Our group have people with diverse backgrounds in (but not limited to) engineering, mechanics, physics, biology, applied math, and computer science, where each individual has his/her own research domains, but also benefits from the interdisciplinary environment.
If you have interests and/or skills in any of the following, you may find a good fit with our lab.
- Animal / Robot Locomotion
- Organismal / Comparative Biomechanics
- Contact Mechanics / Dynamics
- Bio-inspired Robotics / Mechatronics / Automation
- Neuromechanics / Sensorimotor Control
- Motor / Spatial Learning
- Dynamical Systems Modeling / Multibody Dynamics Simulation
- Computer Vision (applied to movement analysis)