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Robots: Inspired by Nature

Robots: Inspired by Nature
Thu, Apr 30

06:30 pm

Sometimes the solutions to modern challenges are right in front of our eyes. Scientists and engineers showcase how nature can inspire answers to complex problems with a few special demonstrations. Get up close with a swimming fish robot and a flying robot that can grasp like a hawk!.  Hear how the motion of bacteria can be used to help humans. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.” Maybe it’s best we take a little advice from Mother Nature herself.



Featured Talks:

Tonia Hsieh and Gavin Kenneally - Learn why it's all about the legs and feet when it comes to getting around on diverse terrain. 

Justin Thomas and Alicia DeVane - See how a bird of prey was an ideal model for a grasping aerial robot. 

Denise Wong and Jeffrey N. Carey - Hear how gut bacteria has inspired micro-robotic devices that can sense their environment.

Brooke Flammang, PhD and Gabe Carryon - Learn what marine-inspired robots can teach us about how fish swim. 
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    Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $7 students with ID

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  • Location

    Painted Bride Art Center

    230 Vine Street

    Philadelphia, PA, 19106

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  • Speakers

    Alicia DeVane
    Alicia DeVane
    From a young child Alicia DeVane has had a passion for all things animals. As a former southern girl catching lizards in the backyard to now living in South Philadelphia for the past six years, this affection continues to show as a Conservation Educator for the Philadelphia Zoo. Creating curriculum and teaching informally since the age of sixteen, Alicia has continued to capture the attention of those that she teaches. After completing her Early Childhood Development Certificate, Alicia decided to continue her education and is currently preparing to graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Science at Grand Canyon University.
    Brooke Flammang, PhD
    Brooke Flammang, PhD
    Brooke Flammang studies the physical interactions of biological organisms with the fluid environment and the effect that morphology has on performance. Her work integrates muscle physiology, kinematics, fluid dynamics, and bioinspired robotics. She received her PhD from Harvard University studying the biomechanics and three-dimensional fluid dynamics of swimming in sharks and bluegill sunfish. Her postdoctoral research on multifin control of fish swimming was used to build an autonomous underwater vehicle in a project funded by the Office of Naval Research.
    Denise Wong
    Denise Wong
    Denise Wong is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and a member of the GRASP Lab under the guidance of Professor Vijay Kumar. Her area of focus is micro robotics, specifically how biology can be used for sensing and actuation on micro robots as well as the use of micro magnetic robots for sensing and manipulation. She received her BS and M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
    Gabe Carryon
    Gabe Carryon
    Gabe is originally from Chicago and attended Howard University, in Washington DC, where he majored in Physics. He received an M.S. in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 2011 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering in the Laboratory for Biological Systems Analysis at Drexel. His research focuses on developing mathematical models of the sensorimotor neural circuits that control swimming in fish.
    Gavin Kenneally
    Gavin Kenneally
    Gavin Kenneally received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in 2012, graduating with Great Distinction and Valedictorian. Gavin's undergraduate research focused on 3D printing and the development of a novel active suspension vehicle. Gavin is working on a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Robotics as part of the GRASP lab under Professor Daniel Koditschek. This research is centered around leg design and analysis for robots that locomote using legs. Additionally, Gavin (along with Emily Plumb) are developing TOBI, a Teaching-Oriented, Biologically-Inspired robot currently being used in a pilot program at Central High School
    Jeffrey N. Carey
    Jeffrey N. Carey
    Jeffrey Carey is a fifth year VMD-PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s a member of Dr. Mark Goulian’s research group, where he is studying anaerobic respiration in gut bacteria. He holds bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and music composition from the University of Michigan, and he worked in Chicago as an environmental consultant (briefly) and research tech (longer) before starting grad school in Philadelphia. When he's not in the lab he can usually be found on the couch with book in hand and cat in lap, but failing that he might be playing piano or working in the garden.
    Justin Thomas
    Justin Thomas
    Justin Thomas received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University in May 2011 and graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at LeTourneau University, Justin researched propulsion systems for fixed-wing aircraft and control systems for biomechanical testing fixtures. In the Fall of 2011, Justin joined the University of Pennsylvania as a Ph.D. student in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and as a member of the GRASP Lab under the guidance of Professor Vijay Kumar. At the University of Pennsylvania, Justin is researching micro aerial vehicles and their extensions to dynamic grasping and vision-based control.
    Mikey Ilagan
    Mikey Ilagan
    Mikey Ilagan is a native Philadelphian and citizen of the Internet. He is the Editor in Chief of Geekadelphia.com, and a producer of the annual Philly Geek Awards at the Academy of Natural Sciences. When not attending tech events or collecting video game memorabilia, Mikey works as a user interface (UI) developer and occasional freelance photographer and writer. He lives in South Philly with his lovely wife and too many cats.
    Tonia Hsieh
    Tonia Hsieh
    Tonia Hsieh is an assistant professor at Temple University in the Department of Biology. The research goals of her lab is to discover how animals run through the complex, natural world without falling down, and to use these discoveries towards designing self-stabilizing, bio-inspired robots. She teaches Comparative Biomechanics and Biomimetics/Bioinspiration design courses for undergraduate and graduate students, and is committed to engaging K-12 and the general public in STEM fields. She received her A.B. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University.
  • Partners

    Philadelphia Zoo
    Philadelphia Zoo
    Philadelphia Zoo
    The Philadelphia Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. Today, the Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. With state-of-the-art animal exhibits, award-winning education and conservation programs, recreational opportunities, guest services, and scientific accomplishments, the Zoo has become one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. Fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, the Philadelphia Zoo continues to support and to engage in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world.
    Geekadelphia
    Geekadelphia
    Geekadelphia's goal is to talk about geeky things that interest geeks and highlight events, stores, and people in Philadelphia who are geeky.
    Temple University
    Temple University
    Temple University
    Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
    Drexel University
    Drexel University
    Drexel University
    Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
    University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory
    University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory
    University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory