MechE Colloquium: Modeling, realization and control of CyberOctopuses, soft creatures and other biological machines


Event details

Date 25.10.2022
Hour 12:0013:00
Speaker Prof. Mattia Gazzola, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Abstract: We introduce a modeling approach based on assemblies of Cosserat rods for the simulation, design and control of complex muscular architectures. Our methods are demonstrated in a number of settings, from CyberOctopuses to biological robots, showing how costly control computations can be effectively offloaded to the physics of the body, as it interacts with its environment.

Biography: Mattia Gazzola is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined UIUC in Fall 2016 after a postdoc at Harvard and PhD at ETH Zurich. His work lies at the interface between numerics, bio-physics, robotics and computing. His studies were awarded with the ETH Medal, Early and Advanced Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowships, NSF CAREER, and featured on the cover of several scientific journals including Science, Nature and PRL. He is the Lead PI and co-director of the center-scale NSF Expedition "Mind in Vitro -- Computing with Living Neurons".

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



MechE Colloquium: Modeling realization and control of CyberOctopuses soft creatures and other biological machines