Reverse Engineering Neuro-Mechanical Control in Terrestrial and Aerial Locomotion

According to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the great Challenges for Engineering for the 21st century is to reverse engineer brain function. In this talk, Mongeau will present a framework to quantify how the brain controls movement by integrating experimental and theoretical approaches at the interface of biomechanics, neuroscience and robotics. Emphasizing the senses of touch and vision, he will draw on control tasks in running and flying insects and describe how animals implement feedback control. Throughout, he will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of his research program that can inspire the development of more agile terrestrial and aerial robots.

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J-M Mongeau earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 in Biophysics and his B.S. with Honors in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2007. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Mongeau’s research interests include neuro-mechanics and control of locomotion in animals and machines. Dr. Mongeau received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2008, a NSF IGERT Fellowship in 2010 on Bio-inspired Motion Systems Operating in Complex Environments and an Army Research Office grant in 2015.


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