Dynamic Walking 2012 was hosted by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) from May 21 to 24, 2012, with an optional extra Tutorial day on Friday, May 25, 2012. The conference was held at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach, Florida.

The aim of this meeting, the seventh of an annual series, was to provide insight into the fundamental principles that underlie legged locomotion. Topics central to dynamic walking include energetics, stability and control, predictive principles and models, dynamic modeling, empirical data with a conceptual tie in, and robot successes and failures. Participants included both students and professors, with a mixture of researchers studying human walking and those designing walking robots.

DWC2012 Group Photo

To promote open sharing of information, the meetings were organized to provide as much interaction between participants as possible. The format was highly informal and fluid, with a single track of presentations and extensive time scheduled for interaction, brainstorming and idea sharing. The schedule included many hands-on tutorials and demonstrations of dynamic walking robots.

The meeting was based on invitations and accepted applications. This focus was to have several 30, 15, and 5 minute talks, as well as poster sessions and debate discussions. All of the material, including videos of the lectures and posters, will be posted on this website.

Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions.


Scientific Board

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

Previous Meetings