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* Michael Dickinson (BBE), flyman@caltech.edu
 
* Michael Dickinson (BBE), flyman@caltech.edu
 
* Richard Murray (CDS/BE), murray@cds.caltech.edu
 
* Richard Murray (CDS/BE), murray@cds.caltech.edu
* Floris van Breugel (BE), floris@caltech.edu
 
 
* Lectures: MW, 11a-12p, 308 Keck
 
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* Office hours: by appointment
 
* Office hours: by appointment
 
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'''Teaching Assistants'''
 
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* Karina Cai (CDS)
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* Andrey Shur (BE)
 
* Andrey Shur (BE)
 
* Lab session: Tue, 1-4, 308 Keck
 
* Lab session: Tue, 1-4, 308 Keck

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BE 107: Exploring Biological Principles Through Bio-Inspired Design

Instructors

  • Michael Dickinson (BBE), flyman@caltech.edu
  • Richard Murray (CDS/BE), murray@cds.caltech.edu
  • Lectures: MW, 11a-12p, 308 Keck
  • Office hours: by appointment

Teaching Assistants

  • Karena Cai (CDS)
  • Andrey Shur (BE)
  • Lab session: Tue, 1-4, 308 Keck
  • Open lab hours: Wed, 7-10 pm and Thu, 1-4 pm

Course Description

Students will formulate and implement an engineering project desired to explore a biological principle or property that is exhibited in nature. Students will work in small teams in which they build a hardware platform that is motivated by a biological example in which a given approach or architecture is used to implement a given behavior. Alternatively, the team will construct new experimental instruments in order to test for the presence of an engineering principle in a biological system. Example topics include bio-inspired control of motion (from bacteria to insects), processing of sensory information (molecules to neurons), and robustness/fault-tolerance. Each project will involve proposing a specific mechanism to be explored, designing an engineering system that can be used to demonstrate and evaluate the mechanism, and building a computer-controlled, electro-mechanical system in the lab that implements or characterizes the proposed mechanism, behavior or architecture.

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