Overview

Topics

  • Disturbance rejection by humans and robots
  • Trajectory optimization and planning
  • Legged locomotion on uneven terrain
  • Exoskeleton design and control
  • State estimation with biological or inertial sensors
  • Actuator technologies for dynamic behaviors
  • Compliant actuators and limbs
  • Energetics of human and animal locomotion
  • Dynamical models and limit cycles
  • Visual guidance of locomotion

Meeting format

  • Arrival will be on afternoon and evening of June 3, with a welcome dinner.
  • Each conference day June 4 - 7 will begin with a provided breakfast, with presentations in the morning, lunch, and more presentations before break time.
  • Poster sessions will take place in late afternoons before dinner. Posters will be kept up during the entire meeting.
  • There will be hardware demos on June 7 (with poster session).
  • Departure will be evening of June 7, or morning of June 8 with provided breakfast.

Lodging


Dynamic Walking is an all-inclusive conference, with registration fees covering lodging and all meals. The default lodging option is in on-site cabins in shared rooms. Cabins are very basic and rustic, sufficient to provide reasonable comfort, but far short of luxury. There will be heat and electricity, but wi-fi service will only be available at the Lodge. Cabins surround a communal bathroom with private shower stalls. Participants desiring greater comfort and quiet may elect to stay at a hotel in nearby Hartland, 12 min from Camp.

Food

All meals will be provided, with snacks throughout each day and evening. Meals will be healthy and basic, including vegetarian and other options. There will be an optional arrival dinner (June 3) and a departure breakfast (June 8).

Costs

This edition of Dynamic Walking will endeavor to keep registration fees low. In particular, student registration fees will be kept quite modest. With inclusive lodging and meals, this meeting is expected to be among the most affordable of scientific conferences.

Volunteer participation

This edition of Dynamic Walking will rely heavily on volunteer leadership and assistance. For greater reduction of registration fees, participants can elect to help with meeting logistics or activities, such as leading the morning runs, forming basketball teams, or gathering musician-participants for campfire music.

What to bring

Participants are invited to bring: swimsuits (2 story water slide), shorts and sandals, jackets (evenings can be cool), rock climbing equipment, musical instruments (campfire jam sessions), and robots.

Invitation letters

Participants requiring a letter of invitation to facilitate a visa application should fill out a letter request form.

About Dynamic Walking

An interdisciplinary conference bringing together biomechanists and roboticists with interest in legged locomotion, manipulation, and behavior. Dynamic Walking has been organized since 2006, and has been held in international locations:

  • 2015 The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 2014 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Z├╝rich, Switzerland
  • 2013 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2012 Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Florida, USA
  • 2011 Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany
  • 2010 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2009 Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2008 Delft University, Delft, Netherlands
  • 2007 Mariehamn, Aland, Finland
  • 2006 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dynamic Walking is a single-track conference of 150-200 participants, with a tradition of communal meals, convenient lodging, and emphasis on discussion.