Humans are really good at using their legs. We can walk, run, skip, dance, climb stairs and ladders, jump over fences and ditches, and do lots and lots of other things; and we do so with an incredible ease and efficiency. It is only when we try to replicate these abilities in robots, that we realize how incredibly hard they are to accomplish. This presentation is about the challenge of building machines that walk and run like humans and animals. The talk highlights things that we can learn from nature to achieve this goal and what we can learn about nature in doing so.
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.
For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437.