EECS 500 Seminar

How most things run - an oscillator theory perspective on rapid locomotion

Shai Revzen

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan - Department of EECS
Friday, October 18, 2013
12:30pm - 1:30pm
1311 EECS

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About the Event

Legged locomotion on land is often viewed in terms of "gaits" corresponding to repeated patterns of footfalls, suggesting an application of the mathematical theory of limit cycle oscillators. Unlike classical oscillators, the oscillators appearing in locomotion encounter rapid processes that are often modeled as non-smooth "hybrid" transitions. I present an experimental scientist's perspective on rapid multilegged locomotion that lead us through the development of key tools for the empirical analysis of animal and robot gaits, and on to a discovery of new, fundamental forms of stability unique to hybrid limit cycle oscillators of multiple contact gaits.

Additional Information

Contact: Ann Pace

Phone: 763-5022


Sponsor(s): University of Michigan, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Open to: Public