Humbert Receives AIAA Best Paper AwardJ. Sean Humbert, assistant professor in the department of aerospace engineering has been awarded American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Best Paper from the 2005 Guidance Navigation and Control Conference by the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee. Dr. Humbert and his colleagues Richard M. Murray, and Michael Dickinson from the California Institute of Technology, won for their paper titled "Pitch-Altitude Control and Terrain Following Based on Bio-Inspired Visuomotor Convergence."
AIAA presents Certificates of Merit to recognize such technical and scientific excellence. Dr. Humbert has been invited to attend the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, 22 August 2006, held in conjunction with the AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Conference at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado.
Dr. Humbert’s research interests are in control and modeling of mechanical and biological systems, combining the traditional disciplines of dynamics and control theory with the rapidly emerging area of bio-inspired sensing and locomotion. Dr. Humbert’s current research emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to robotics that uncovers and distills the biological principles that allow for efficient, robust, and autonomous operation, and utilizes bio-inspired strategies that overcome the barriers imposed by the physics and dynamics of small-scale flight. His lab’s long-term goal is closing the considerably large gap in performance and robustness that exists between biological systems and their robotic counterparts.
Published March 1, 2006