On Tap! The Bio-Engineering of Your Friendly Neighborhood Robot!
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From Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design
July 10, 2013
I. E. Block Community Lecture: From Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design Wednesday, July 10 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM Venue: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center 500 Hotel Circle North San Diego, California 92108 Room: Town & Country — FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
No advanced mathematical background is necessary!
Many natural systems have evolved to perform certain tasks — climbing, sensing, swimming — as perfectly as possible within the limits set by the laws of physics. This observation can be used both to guide engineering design, and to gain insights into the form and function of biological systems. In this talk we will consider both of these themes in the context of crawling snails, digging clams and swimming microorganisms. We will discover how an analysis of the physical principles exploited by snails and clams leads to the development of novel robotic diggers and crawlers, and explore the role of mathematics in the design, control, and assessment of unconventional robotic systems. Speaker: Anette Hosoi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cost: AWESOMELY FREE!!!