Conference on Dynamic Walking
- on the Åland islands in the Baltic
Attending? You should have got an email on 21 June. If not, contact Andy.
24-30 June 2007 in Mariehamn,
Most people know how to walk. But, as scientists, physicians,
and engineers we seem to have a remarkably poor conscious
understanding of how we do it. The aim of this meeting is
to help advance that understanding. Some questions to be
1) How can we predict how people or animals will
move from basic
2) How can we build more-stable and more-energy-effective
3) What data do we have that reveals or refutes important
principles or concepts in animal, human or
Progress answering these questions will help the science of understanding
humans and animals, help the development of useful robots,
and help the development of better diagnostics and correction
of human locomotion disabilities.
Public talks Monday June 25 19:00 in the Parliament
R. McNeill Alexander, FRS: How dinosaurs moved.
Simple ideas from engineering help us to work out how giant dinosaurs
probably moved. Alexander is Emeritus Professor of Zoology
at the University of Leeds.
He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Optima
for Animals, as well as the award-winning CD-ROM
Animals on the Move.
Robot demos: Stramigioli & Cortell
Hugh Herr, MIT professor: Human Augmentation:
New Minds, New Bodies, New Identities. The
talk will touch upon cognitive and physical prostheses that
augment the mind and body. Herr will demonstrate the world's
first powered ankle with board, battery, motor, springs,
packaged on the prosthesis. The speaker is founder of The
Herr Institute for Human Rehabilitation, a professor at MIT
and a lecturer at the Harvard Medical School.
Special lecture: Wednesday June 27, 19:00 at Pensionat
Alexander Sahlin: Jumping powered
hydrofoil and the world's fastest sailboat. Sahlin is
the inventor of the Trampofoil and is designing a sail
boat that he hopes will go 50 knots. ...more.
Meeting chair: Andy
pilot house is visible from the ferry upper decks 21 minutes
before your Mariehamn arrival.