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    First Announcement


    Mechanics and Control of Human and Robot Locomotion

    Workshop Meeting with Tutorials

    May 6-8, 2006

    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

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    This is a workshop dedicated to the study of human or robot locomotion.
    Dynamic Walking is an approach that emphasizes the mechanics of the
    legs, attempting to harness or understand them for the purpose of making
    control simpler or more economical. The approach stems from the
    principles of passive dynamic walking developed by Tad McGeer, extending
    those principles for actively powered walking. The workshop differs from
    mainstream conferences in three ways:

    * Highly informal and fluid format, to promote open sharing of information
    * Interdisciplinary forum for shared interests of biomechanists,
    roboticists, neurophysiologists, and computer scientists
    * Educational mission intended to disseminate knowledge and methodology
    of Dynamic Walking

    Dynamic Walking 2006 will include:

    * Tutorials covering topics such as dynamical equations of motion, limit
    cycle and stability analysis, and feedback control and estimation
    * Keynote and invited presentations delivered by leading researchers
    * Submitted podium and poster presentations of new research and methodology
    * Moderated forums for discussing emerging issues and challenges

    Dynamic Walking 2006 is a continuation of a series of informal meetings
    that began in 2004. Previous meetings have been held at Cornell
    University, University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon University.

    Keynote Speakers

    Chris Atkeson, Carnegie Mellon University
    Steve Collins, University of Michigan
    Max Donelan, Simon Fraser University
    Andy Ruina, Cornell University
    Martijn Wisse, Delft University

    Meeting Chair

    Art Kuo, University of Michigan

    Call for Papers

    To be announced in early 2006

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    Contact Information
    Send email to Art Kuo: artkuo(AT)