May 21-24, 2012   Pensacola Beach, Florida

7th Annual Dynamic Walking Conference

The aim of this meeting, the seventh of an annual series, was to provide insight into the fundamental principles that underlie legged locomotion. Topics central to dynamic walking include energetics, stability and control, predictive principles and models, dynamic modeling, empirical data with a conceptual tie in, and robot successes and failures. Participants included both students and professors, with a mixture of researchers studying human walking and those designing walking robots. 

To promote open sharing of information, the meetings were organized to provide as much interaction between participants as possible. The format was highly informal and fluid, with a single track of presentations and extensive time scheduled for interaction, brainstorming, and idea sharing. The schedule included many hands-on tutorials and demonstrations of dynamic walking robots. 

The focus was to have several 30, 15, and 5 minute talks, as well as poster sessions and debate discussions. Videos and abstracts of the lectures can be found here and PDFs of the posters can be found here.

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About Dynamic Walking

An interdisciplinary conference bringing together biomechanists and roboticists with interest in legged locomotion, manipulation, and behavior. Dynamic Walking has been organized since 2006, and has been held in international locations:

  • 2016 Camp Ohiyesa, Holly, Michigan, USA
  • 2015 The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 2014 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2013 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2012 Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Florida, USA
  • 2011 Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany
  • 2010 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2009 Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2008 Delft University, Delft, Netherlands
  • 2007 Mariehamn, Aland, Finland
  • 2006 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dynamic Walking is a single-track conference of 150-200 participants, with a tradition of communal meals, convenient lodging, and emphasis on discussion.