Event Type:

Geometry-Topology Seminar

Date/Time:

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 12:00 to 12:50

Location:

Kidd 280

Guest Speaker:

Institution:

OSU; Graduate Student in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

Abstract:

Animals and birds that locomote across diverse terrains employ

strategies that share certain qualitative properties. These properties

have inspired research aimed at uncovering common structure in the

equations of motion that govern these systems. In this talk I will

present an overview of such research, starting with the Euler-Lagrange

equations, followed by an explanation of how tools from differential

geometry were used to obtain a universal framework that describes the

motion of a large class of locomoting systems. The utility of this

framework lies in the fact that any design or control algorithm

developed based on this framework will be applicable across a large

class of systems.