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Biodynamics

Bio-dynamics at Cornell concerns the biomechanics of motion. We are interested in how animals, or animal-like machines, move.  Some of what we do is analysis and manipulation of people and animals, some is artificial life and some is closer to robotics. 

One view is that bio-dynamics is that part of biomechanics that concerns motion (as opposed to the other major biomechanics topic, structural  integrity).  At Cornell biodynamics is a bit broader than this because we also include artificial life-inspired devices.

(bio-dynamics is also a kind of organic farming, that's not us).

  • Main biodynamics interests concern biomimetic flying robots and the electrical control of insect flight.
  • Biodynamics is more in the realm of artificial life and biomimicry. For example, his lab has built legged robots that learn to control themselves.
  • Ruina is interested in legged locomotion. The big question is how do people and animals use their legs to get around with such high reliability and such low energy use.
  • Wang is interested in how insects fly, ranging from the fluid mechanics to the mechanisms of flight control.

Research Area Faculty

  Name Department Contact
alr3.jpg Ruina, Andy
John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 569 Upson Hall
607 327-0013
zw24.jpg Wang, Z. Jane
Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 323 Thurston Hall
607 255-5354