Human locomotion is a complex phenomenon that is far from being completely understood. In this presentation, I will start with an analysis of human running from a dynamical system's perspective, with a focus on stationarity and stability. Then, I will present the approach of minimalistic "template" models to describe human locomotion, showing how simple models can actually predict features of the gait. Finally, I will show how these template models can be transferred back to reality, namely in our robot BioBiped. With this robot, we aim at demonstrating the validity of the experimentally derived concepts for describing human locomotion.This presentation comprises results obtained during my ongoing PhD.
2002 - 2008: study of Physics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (Diploma)
2008 - now: PhD candidate at Lauflabor (Prof. Seyfarth), formerly at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, now at TU Darmstadt [www.lauflabor.de]
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