Movement Lab - Manoj Srinivasan


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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), how the animal will respond to perturbations (say, stepping on a banana peel), or how we should design wearable robotics. We use a mixture of mathematics, modeling, computation, and experiments.

The Movement Lab is located within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Ohio State University and is led by Manoj Srinivasan.

News:  We are hosting the Dynamic Walking Conference (2015) at Ohio State. See here for more details.

Some recent articles.

-- Varun Joshi and Manoj Srinivasan. Walking on a moving surface: energy-optimal walking motions on a shaky bridge and a shaking treadmill reduce energy costs below normal, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 20140662, 2015. Link to journal article.  PDF (preprint article+supplementary information).

-- Yang Wang and Manoj Srinivasan. Stepping in the direction of the fall: the next foot placement can be predicted from current upper body state in steady-state walking, Biology Letters, 10, 20140405, 2014. Link to journal article.    Link to Data (Dryad).   Article PDF+Supplementary Information.
See here for Media/Press articles on this paper.

-- 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.
Author Generated PDF (pre-final version). See media coverage.

-- Manoj Srinivasan. Fifteen observations on the structure of energy minimizing gaits in many simple biped models. J. Royal Society Interface, PDF with supplementary information, 8, 74-98, 2011. Journal link

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.