Movement Lab - Resources for Students
Research Area websitesBiomechanics research and courses at Ohio State
Robotics research and courses at Ohio State
Course websitesWith lecture notes, HW, MATLAB code, etc.
ME7752. Mechanics and control of robots. Course webpage.
ME8230. Nonlinear Dynamics. Course webpage.
How to write a paper or a report
to write a good report, by Andy Ruina
Good writing, by Marc Raibert.
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. In which he says that rewriting is the essence of writing well. Pages 10-11 give good examples.
How to write a great research paper, by Simon Peyton Jones
About writing especially in mathematics, by Terry Tao
B. J. Fregly's
tips on writing for the Journal of Biomechanical
I find passive voice indirect. I avoid passive voice when appropriate, but not always. In this context, I love the following comparison: "why did the chicken cross the road?" versus "why was the road crossed by the chicken?"
Here's a beautiful essay on how to write an article containing mathematics. The intended audience of this essay was MIT undergrads, but the lessons are broadly applicable. The part about language on pages 3-8 is especially compelling.
How to give a good talk or presentation
to give a good research talk, by Simon Peyton Jones. PDF.
Here's a variant bt Stephanie Weirich
Another one by Newhall.
Other common tasks of a scientistHow to review a paper
How to read a research paper. Efficient reading of papers in science and technology. How to read a technical paper, by James Eisner. Here's another one and yet another one. In general, try to read a LOT of papers, at least their abstracts and introductions.
Writing a good grant proposal, by Simon Peyton Jones
Good programming style. Here's one on MATLAB programming style guidelines, in which the author quotes regarding variable naming, "A rose by any other name confuses the issue."
The PLOS family of journals had series of essays called "Ten Simple Rules," covering various topics of general interest: ten simple rules for getting published, for getting grants, for reviewers, for selecting a postdoctoral position, for a successful collaboration, for making oral presentations, for a good poster presentation, for doing your best research, for graduate students, organizing a scientific meeting, etc. Here are all the ten simple rule essays in a single PDF file.
Why maintain a lab notebook and how. 1, 2, 3.
Other webpages with graduate student or researcher resourcesSimon Peyton Jones
Research Tips, by Sylvia Miksch
Dave Evans' Advice collection
Just google whatever you wish to do well.
How to prepare a figure for publication.
What to do while attending a conference or a research seminar.
How to organize and store data and programs for the lab.
Conferences in the field. Conference on Dynamic
Walking. American Society of Biomechanics. World
Congress of Biomechanics. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. IEEE ICRA. IEEE IROS. IEEE
Humanoids. AMAM. ISPGR. ISEK. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR).
Society for Neuroscience. NIPS. Neural Control of Movement. Society for Experimental Biology.
R. McNeill Alexander's complete list of publications