[robotics-worldwide] Dynamic Walking 2009 Update

Steve Collins stevehcollins at gmail.com
Thu Feb 12 04:26:35 PST 2009

The online abstract submission for Dynamic Walking 2009 is now open.
The submission deadline for these single-page abstracts is March 1,
2009. Abstracts will be judged on both quality of research and
relevance to dynamic walking. More details can be found under the
Abstract Submission menu tab at www.dynamicwalking.org. Please
subscribe to the newsletter on this page to receive regular meeting

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, and
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.

Registration and lodging costs will also be posted to the website by
March 1, 2009. We are aiming to substantially offset conference costs
for student and postdoc attendees. While the final costs are still to
be determined, we anticipate that registration, food and lodging costs
will be about $1,000 CDN for regular attendees and $650 CDN for
postdocs and students. The lodging will be mainly townhouse-style
shared accommodation located on campus and within close walking
distance to the meeting site.

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
Andy Ruina, Cornell University
Russ Tedrake, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Martijn Wisse, Delft University of Technology

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

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