Reverse Engineering: nature's robots and the secrets of insect flight control

14 October 2014, 4.00 PM - 14 October 2014, 4.00 PM

Venue: LT2 School of Chemistry, Cantock's Close. Speaker: Prof Tom Daniel
The Faculty of Science is delighted to welcome Prof Tom Daniel. Tom holds Komen Endowed Chair at the University of Washington and is Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute of Neuroengineering and Director of the US Air Force Centre of Excellence on Nature Inspired Flight Technologies.  Tom's research programs focus on biomechanics and sensory systems, addressing questions about the physics, engineering and neural control of movement in biology.

Abstract: All living creatures acquire and process information from multiple sensory modalities to control their movement. Flying insects do so with incredible acuity, speed and accuracy, allowing complex and agile aerial manoeuvres. Indeed, no existing robot is capable of such complex behaviour, and the ways in which living systems accomplish movement can inspire and guide new technologies. This talk draws on principles from engineering and neuroscience to explore how insects accomplish flight and flight control. From visual systems tuned for motion sensing to the function of natural gyroscopes we will explore the mechanisms that permit flight. We will conclude with engineered systems inspired by, and interacting with, living systems.

All students and staff are welcome, and attendance is free. This event will, no doubt, be very well attended, so please arrive early to get yourself a seat. The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the East Foyer.

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