Nov
29
Thu 2:00 PM

Gliders, bicycles and walking robots

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When: Thursday, November 29, 2012
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM  
Where: Technological Institute, F160
2145 Sheridan Road  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: - Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
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Group: The Graduate School
Category: Lectures & Meetings

Have you ever been hang-gliding?

Are you a fan of anthropomorphic robots?

Do you ride a bike?

Or maybe you just like vegan food?

Even if only one of these applies to you, NU SIAM invites you to join us on Thursday, November 29th, to learn how science ties these all together.  Professor Andy Ruina from Cornell University will be discussing how gliders and bicycles work using passive dynamics and how energy-optimal control can create a realistic walking gait. This seminar is part of the Physics & Astronomy Complex Systems Seminar held in Room F160 at 2:00pm.

The talk will be followed by a reception (featuring vegan refreshments) at 5:00pm in the Cohen Commons on the fourth floor of Tech, sponsored by the Northwestern SIAM student group. SIAM works to promote applied mathematics and strengthen interactions between math and other fields.