Our assemblies of soft curves are able to interact with the environment via models of muscular activity, sensory feedbacks, self-contact, surface friction and hydrodynamics, thus providing a physically accurate virtual playground to inquire into the functioning of complex muscular and robotics architectures.
This study is but a first step in engineering multilevel systems that link neuro-dynamics, mechanics, and complex controllable gaits-coupling sensory information to motor coordination and movement that leads to behaviour.
We combine theory, numerical simulations, and experiments to advance our understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying locomotion in fluids.
Viscous streaming arises when an immersed body undergoes small-amplitude oscillations in a viscous fluid, and it is perhaps the most efficient way to use inertia at the microscale.
We develop numerics that allow for the seamless integration between artificial intelligence techniques such as evolutionary optimization or reinforcement learning and large scale simulations
We believe that graphic illustrations and artworks inspired by scientific investigation are a powerful tool to intuitively convey to a broad audience scientific discovery. 2016 / The Vizzies / Finalist Illustration / Margherita Gazzola, Michael Triantafyllou, Mattia Gazzola