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MEMS Seminars: Flexibility, Unsteady Flows and Data‐Driven Methods: Towards Advanced Aerial and Underwater Autonomous Systems

Apr 5

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Monday, April 5, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Presenter

Cecilia Huertas‐Cerdeira, California Institute of Technology

MEMS Seminar Series Presents: Cecilia Huertas‐Cerdeira of the California Institute of Technology Virtual Seminar in ZOOM: https://duke.zoom.us/j/91479477677 The use of flexible structures and unsteady fluid phenomena significantly increases the performance of many biological mechanisms. Yet, these properties have been historically avoided in engineering due, in part, to the complexity of the resulting systems and the difficulty of characterizing their mechanics. The recent emergence of data-driven methods has provided a valuable tool for the analysis of these complex mechanisms. In parallel, advances in material science have made the use of flexibility and unsteadiness a viable alternative for many robotic systems. As a result, these properties constitute a promising avenue for the development a new generation of aerial and underwater autonomous systems with improved efficiency, durability, maneuverability and noise characteristics.