Our research interests lie in the broad areas of animal aerial locomotion and biologically inspired micro air vehicles, which continuously spawn a treasure trove of scientific problems and inspirations for engineering design across multiple disciplines in engineering, physics and biology.

   In particular, we focus on unifying theories and experiments from engineering and biology to investigate the complex flight systems of insects and birds, which encompass many complex physical and biological processes that are poorly understood. These processes, from unsteady fluid flow and vibrating biomechanical flight apparatus to the behavior of nonlinear systems and fast neural processing,  are packaged into the miniature flying machines designed by nature, which are so commonplace and may escape our attention.








Locomotion Biomechanics and Control Lab (LBCL)

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering,

Pennsylvania State University

126 Hammond Building, University Park, PA



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Locomotion Biomechanics and Control Lab


- Bo Cheng receives NSF CAREER grant to study insect flight mechanics and control  (01/2016)

- Bo Cheng receives DURIP grant to develop robotic platforms in the lab (01/2016)

- Neel Thakur and Magdalena Nevett both recive REU support from Penn State's CERI program (05/2016)

- Phil Hsu recives Kulakowski travel award to present his work at DSCC 2016 (06/2016)

- Our lab featured in TV show "SciTech Now" by WPSU (a PBS/NPR Member Station serving central Pennsylvania) (08/2017)

Lab News

- Our lab hosted lab tours for Bug Camp for Kids (06/2016 and 06/2017).

Graduate students Long Chen, Yağız Efe Bayız and Nate Werner explaining to campers how dynamically-scaled robotic insect wing works.

- Graduate students Hojae Chung and Nate Werner succesfully completed their Master thesis and paper, respectively.