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, agilely, 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 such as building rubble, forest floor, mountain boulders, and cluttered indoor environments.
In our lab, we are developing novel experimental tools and theoretical models to create the new field of terradynamics that describe complex locomotor-terrain interactions, and use terradynamics to better understand animal locomotion and advance 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 has 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 domain, but also benefits from the interdisciplinary environment.
We are always looking for motivated and passionate people to join us. If you have interests / background / skills in any of the following, you may find a good fit with our lab.
- Comparative Biomechanics
- Neuromechanics / Sensorimotor Control
- Organismal Biology
- Mechatronics / Automation
- Multibody Dynamics Simulation
- Computer Vision (applied to movement analysis)
- Organismal Biophysics
- Contact Mechanics
- Dynamical Systems
- Stochastic Modeling
Read these instructions before applying. Only those that demonstrate serious interests will be considered.