Seminar Program

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NOTE: the new slot is on Thursdays (and no longer on Wednesdays) !

23.03.2023 14h00 CET Postponed!
Dr. Aimie Berger, ISM, Aix-Marseille Université
Title to be announced.
Abstract to be announced

**early 2023 CONFIRMED (date to be fixed)!
Dr. Sebastian Büsse, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
Hunting with catapults: the predatory strike of the dragonfly (tentative title)
Abstract to be announced

Past talks

16.03.2023 14h00 CET
Dr. Lucia Bergantin, ISM, Aix-Marseille Université
Robotic models for the honeybee visual odometer

26.01.2022, 14h00 CET

Prof. Daniel Robert, University of Bristol, UK
The bee, the flower and the Coulomb force

19.01.2023 14h00 CET CONFIRMED (postponed from Dec 8)
Prof. Basil el Jundi, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Unravelling the migratory compass of monarch butterflies.

15.12.2022 14h00 CET CONFIRMED! Dr. Bardia Hejazi & Prof. Eberhard Bodenschatz, Max Planck Institute Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany
Honeybee flight in windy conditions

01.12.2022 16h00 CET CONFIRMED!

Prof. Jon Harrison, Meghan Duell, Jordan Glass, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Scaling and thermal effects on the energetics of insect flight

24.11.2022 14h00 CET CONFIRMED!

Prof. Andy Philippides, University of Sussex, UK
Insect-inspired visual navigation: lessons from small brains

17.11.2022 18h00 CET CONFIRMED!
Prof. John S. Allen, University of Hawaiʻi , Mānoa, USA
Experimental and Computational Investigation of Aero-Acoustics of Flying Beetles

13.04.2022 14h CET CONFIRMED!
Prof. Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh, UK
Modelling locomotor dynamics in Drosophila larvae

30.03.2022 14h CET CONFIRMED!
Prof. Karen Mulleners, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Flying high and efficiently through parameter space.

23.03.2022, 14h00 CET CONFIRMED!
Dr. Arion Pons, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Elasticity, Energy, and Nonlinear Resonance in Insects and FW-MAVs

09.03.2022 15h CET CONFIRMED!

Prof. Iain D. Couzin, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz, Germany
Geometrical Principles of Decision-Making on the Move

23.02.2022 14h CET CONFIRMED!

Dr. Ignazio Maria Viola, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Aerodynamics of Plant Seeds

09.02.2022 16h CET CONFIRMED!

Prof. Amy Lang, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA
Sharks and Butterflies: Micro-Sized Surfaces for Flow Control

12.01.2022 15h CET CONFIRMED!
Prof. David W. Murphy, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
Flapping flight in air and water: Bio-inspiration from tiny insects and sea butterflies 

22.12.2021 15h CET CONFIRMED!
Prof. Anne E. Staples, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA
Modeling circulation in a microfluidic insect wing replica.

15.12.2021 14h CET
Prof. Olivier Thomas, Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology, Lille, France
A fully flexible vibrating wing nano-drone: resonant concepts and results.

8.12.2021 14h CET
Dr. Jong-Seob Han, TU Munich, Munich, GermanyLeading-edge vortex of flapping wings in freestream.

20.10.2021, 14h00 CEST
Victor Colognesi, UC Louvain, Louvain, Belgium
Numerical simulation of bird flapping flight

13.10.2021, 09h00 CEST
Prof. Makoto Iima, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan
Phase reduction technique on oscillating flows towards to analysis of flapping flight

06.10.2021,  14h00 CEST
Prof. Eva Kanso, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
The Sea Star Bounce

22.09.2021, 16h00 CEST
Prof. Mark Jankauski, Montana State University, USA
Dynamics and Vibrations of Flapping Wing Insects

15.09.2021, 14h00 CEST
Prof. Long Chen, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
Leading-edge Vortex Formation and Stability: A Vorticity Transport Perspective.

08.09.2021, 14h00 CEST
Prof. Graham Taylor, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
How are insect sensory systems matched to their flight mechanics?

16.06.2021, 09h00 CEST (16h JST)
Prof. Hiroto Tanaka, Tokyo Insitute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Penguin-mimetic flapping-wing propulsion

09.06.2021, 14h00 CEST

Prof. Holk Cruse, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
neuroWalknet, a decentralized, context sensitive controller to explain insect walking

02.06.2021, 14h00
Thomas Steinmann, CNRS and Université de Tours, Tours, France
Singularity of the water strider propulsion mechanisms

12.05.2021, 14h00
Dr. Anna Stöckl, Würzburg University, Würzburg, Germany
Flower tracking performance in hawkmoths – the role of sensory cues and wing damage.

28.04.2021, 14h00

Prof. Volker Dürr, Biological Cybernetics, Faculty of Biology and Centre for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
Flexibility of insect walking behaviour: the significance of body posture and spatial coordination

14.04.2021, 09h00 CET (15h HKT)
Xiaohui Liu, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
Aerodynamics of dragonfly flight: impact of wing kinematics and morphology

24.03.2021 14 CET
Dr. Hung Truong, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

Aerodynamics of insect flight and modelling of wing flexibility

10.03.2021 14h CET
Prof. Harald Wolf, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany
Navigation in desert ants : odometry and path integration

24.02.2021 16h CET / 8am MST (Mountain Standard Time)
Prof. Laura Miller, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Using computational fluid dynamics to understand jellyfish swimming and feeding

10.02.2021, 14h00 CET
Mourad Jaffar-Bandjee, Université de Tours, Tours, France
Odor capture by pectinate antennae

03.02.2021, 10h00 CET
Dr. Shantanu Bhat, University of Adelaide, Australia
An alternate length scale for the Reynolds- and Rossby numbers in the context of insect wings

27.01.2021, 16h00 CET
Prof. Dr. Kunihiko Taira, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA, USA
Tackling the complex vortex dynamics around wings with simulation, modeling, and control

20.01.2021, 14h00 CET
Stéphane Viollet, CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France
Aerial righting reflex in hoverflies and gravity perception

16.12.2020, 14h00 CET
Dr. Julien Serres, ISM (Institut des Sciences du Mouvement), Aix-Marseille Université
Navigation possibilities without GPS or 5G: the AntBot solution


09.12.2020, 14h00 CET
Dr. Victor M. Ortega-Jimenez, Georgia Institute of Technlogy, USA
Animals Flying Through Waterfalls and other Multiphase Flows


25.11.2020, 10h00
Ru Xu, Biomechanical Engineering Lab, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
Intermittent Control Strategy Can Enhance the Stabilization Robustness in Bumblebee Hovering

11.11.2020, 10h00
Dr. Sridhar Ravi, School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia
Visually guided strategies for flight through cluttered environments in insects

28.10.2020, 14h00
Dr. Chandan Bose, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Liège, Belgium
Dynamical Analysis of the Unsteady Flow Phenomena around a Flapping Wing

21.10.2020, 14h00
Dr. Liang Li, Department of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz, Germany
Robotic fish: from bio-inspiration to bio-understanding

14.10.2020, 14h00
Dr. Jorn Cheney, Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom
Avian-inspired flight suspension for small aircraft

07.10.2020, 14h00
Dr. Franck Ruffier, CNRS Senior Researcher, Aix-Marseille University
Biorobotics : from motion vision to motion camouflage

23.09.2020, 14h00
Dr. Ramiro Godoy-Diana, PMMH, ESPCI Paris
Fish and fish-like swimming interactions

16.09.2020, 14h00
Prof. Frédéric Boyer and Dr. Johann Hérault, IMT Atlantique, France
Strategies of locomotion for anguilliform aquatic robots: from model-based control laws to bio-inspired complex network of oscillators

09.09.2020, 14h00 (2 Talks, each 20+10min)

M. Sc. Gianmarco Ducci, UC Louvain, Belgium
Stability and Sensitivity Analysis of Bird Flight

M. Sc. Henja-Niniane Wehmann, Rostock U, Germany
Insect wing flexibility with an emphasis on flies

22.07.2020, 16h00 CEST
Prof. Dr. Vivek Prakash, University of Miami
Surprising tradeoffs and consequences of locomotion in simple, enigmatic marine animals

15.07.2020, 14h00
Prof. Dr. Emily Baird, Stockholm University, Sweden
Visually guided control of landing: Surprising lessons from bees

08.07.2020, 10h00
Prof. Dr. Stanislav Gorb, Kiel University
Fly Walking on the Ceiling: Animal Attachment Devices and Biologically-Inspired Reversible Adhesives

01.07.2020, 10h00 CEST ( 5pm local time )
Prof. Dr. Kosuke Suzuki, Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Shinshu University
Numerical simulations of a butterfly-like flapping wing-body model: effects of wing planform, mass, and flexibility.

24.06.2020, 16h00 CEST
Prof. Dr. Jan-Henning Dirks,  Biological Structures and Biomimetics, HS Bremen, Germany
The insect exoskeleton – a versatile tool for locomotion

17.06.2020, 15h00 CEST
Prof. Dr. Florian Mujires,  Departement of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University, NL
Maneuvering flight in flies and robots.

10.06.2020, 15h00 CEST ( 9am local time )
Prof. Dr. Alper Erturk, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Woodruff Professor of Mechanical Engineering // Smart Structures and Dynamical Systems Laboratory // G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Bio-inspired actuation and aquatic locomotion using piezoelectric materials

27.05.2020, 16h00 CEST ( 10am local time )
Ersan Demirer, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Fish-like locomotion using bio-inspired plates

29.04.2020, 14h00 CEST
Dr. Dmitry Kolomenskiy, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Chiba University, Japan
Quantitative estimates in the fluid dynamics of bristled wings of small insects

15.04.2020, 14h00 CEST
Truong Hung, Aix-Marseille University, France
Modelling of flexible insect wings using mass-spring system