• Insects Use Diverse Pathways To Traverse Obstacles

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 models of locomotor-terrain interactions, to understand animal locomotion and improve robotic mobility in complex terrain common in the real world.

Read JHU ME feature article and watch video to learn more.


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.

  • Locomotion

  • Robotics / Mechatronics

  • Mechanics & Dynamics

  • Bio-inspired design
  • Biomechanics

  • Organismal biology

  • Physics of living systems

  • Dynamical systems modeling

  • Multi-body dynamic simulation

  • Sensori-motor control

  • Motor / Spatial learning

  • Computer vision (applied to movement analysis)