Walking: Biological and Technological Aspects

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Friedrich Pfeiffer, Teresa Zielinska
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 20, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 191 pages
The book describes the results of research into the living world, which were conducted in such a way as to provide inspiration to engineering design of walking machines. The biological topics are presented in a form that is intelligible to engineers and can be applied in the design of mechanical devices. The text also introduces the design problems that are encountered during prototyping of specific robots. This information provides insight to biologists interested in basic physical properties of locomotion.
 

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Contents

Biological Aspects of Locomotion
1
Locomotion in Complex Terrain
31
Evolution of Vertebrate Locomotory Systems
51
WalkNet a Decentralized Architecture for the Control of Walking Behaviour Based on Insect Studies
81
Technological Aspects of Walking
119
Motion Synthesis
155
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