Movement Lab - Manoj Srinivasan
We are interested in understanding the movement of things: humans, other animals, and machines.
Some central scientific questions are: Why do animals move the way they do? And how do they do it so well? We are interested in obtaining a simple and tractable, yet complete, theory of legged locomotion and sensorimotor control in humans and other animals -- a theory that will reliably predict how an animal will act in a novel situation (say, humans on the moon) and how the animal will respond to perturbations (say, stepping on a banana peel). We use a mixture of mathematics, modeling, computation, and experiments.
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Recent research articles.
Leroy Long and Manoj Srinivasan. Walking, running and resting under time, distance, and speed constraints: Optimality of walk-run-rest mixtures, J. Royal Society Interface, vol. 10, 2013. Journal Link.
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Manoj Srinivasan. Fifteen observations on the structure of energy minimizing gaits in many simple biped models. J. Royal Society Interface, 2011. Journal link
Press: Our research has been featured in a few popular science and news media, including the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, New Scientist, etc. Please see the Press/MEDIA page for videos, audio, and articles about our work. But please see our papers if you want the full story.