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2019 Charles and Marie Fish Lecture: Dr. George V. Lauder

Join us for the 2019 Charles and Marie Fish Lecture featuring Dr. George V. Lauder from Harvard University

RSVP by April 19

Fish Robotics: How Fish Locomotion Will Inspire the Next Generation of Underwater Vehicles

There are more than 35,000 species of fishes, and a key feature of this remarkable diversity is the variety of ways in which fish swim. By analyzing the locomotor functions of fish, Dr. Lauder and his collaborators have developed several different self-propelled robotic models—from simple thin plastic panels to more complex tuna-like robots. Dr. Lauder will discuss how these robots can help scientists better understand fish locomotor dynamics and how they may inform designs of a range of products, including underwater vehicles and body suits used by competitive swimmers.

George V. Lauder received the A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Harvard University in 1976 and 1979 respectively. From 1979 to 1981 he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard. Since 1999 he has been Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. His research interests focus on the biomechanics and evolution of fishes, with a special focus on laboratory analyses of kinematics, muscle function, and hydrodynamics of freely-swimming fishes. Current work involves application of analyses of fish locomotor function to the design of fish-like robotic models of underwater propulsion. 

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Narragansett Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Auditorium 218 South Ferry Road

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Graduate School of Oceanography




Graduate School of Oceanography
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Peter J Hanlon

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