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Aero- and hydrodynamics have helped us understand how animals fly and swim and develop aerial and aquatic vehicles that move through air and water rapidly and efficiently. By contrast, we know surprisingly little about how terrestrial animals move so well in nature, and even the best robots still struggle in complex terrains like building rubble or loose Martian soil.
In our lab, we are developing experimental tools and theoretical models to create the new field of terradynamics that describe complex locomotor-terrain interactions to better understand animal locomotion and improve robot locomotion in complex terrains.
Analogous to aero- and hydrodynamics, creating terradynamics is an interdisciplinary undertaking at the interface of biology, robotics, and physics. 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.
We welcome people excited about movement science to join us.
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
- Bio-inspired Robotics / Mechatronics / Automation
- Dynamical Systems
- Multibody Dynamics Simulation
- Neuromechanics / Sensorimotor Control
- Stochastic Modeling
- Computer Vision (applied to movement analysis)