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Dynamic Walking 2009 will be held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, from June 8 to 11. The aim of this meeting, the fourth of an annual series, is to provide insight into the fundamental principles that underlie legged locomotion. Topics central to dynamic walking include energetics, stability, predictive principles and models, dynamic modeling, empirical data with a conceptual tie in, robot successes and failures. The dynamic walking approach puts less emphasis on vision, navigation, motion planning, kinematic data, kinematic control, and measurements that do not address a basic concept or principle. Participants are split roughly equally between students and professors, and between researchers studying human walking and those designing better walking robots.

To promote open sharing of information, the meetings are organized to provide as much interaction between participants as possible. The format is highly informal and fluid, with a single track of presentations and extensive time scheduled for interaction, brainstorming and idea sharing. Each day includes an enjoyable and hands-on tutorial, on topics such as techniques for simulating dynamic walking and the construction and testing of dynamic walking robots.

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Keynote speakers

  • Chris Atkeson, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Hugh Herr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Art Kuo, University of Michigan
  • Tad McGeer, Aerovel Corporation
  • David Reinkensmeyer, University of California at Irvine
  • Steve Robinovitch, Simon Fraser University
  • Andy Ruina, Cornell University
  • Russ Tedrake, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Martijn Wisse, Delft University of Technology

Organizers

  • Max Donelan, Simon Fraser University
  • Steve Collins, Delft University of Technology

Scientific Board

  • Chris Atkeson, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Max Donelan, Simon Fraser University
  • Art Kuo, University of Michigan
  • Andy Ruina, Cornell University
  • Martijn Wisse, Delft University of Technology

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