Alan Bowling, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1998
MSME, Stanford University, 1992
BSAE University of Texas at Austin, 1988
Areas of Expertise: Multibody Dynamics, Control, Robotics, and Biomechanics
Background: Dr. Bowling grew up in El Paso and Austin, Texas and has a broad range of engineering experience. He has worked in a national laboratory, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, as a cooperative education student. He has industry experience obtained at McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company in Houston, TX. He also founded a company in Sunnyvale, CA which marketed a product he invented and patented. His wide range of non-academic and academic experience has culminated in a research program focused on dynamics and controls, applied to problems in robotics and biomechanics. Specifically, he studies agility in the locomotion of limbed robots and biological systems. One of his main goals is the development of fast, agile, legged robots, a project for which he received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. This work on agility is being applied to biological systems, including human, animal, and insect locomotion as well as cellular and molecular locomotion. He is interested in predicting injury and examining the performance limitations on biological systems imposed by potential injury. His current work involves the development of a dynamic model of motor proteins in order to better understand the physics behind the capabilities of nature’s motor. He is also interested in the development of autonomous systems at the macro, micro, and nano scales. The autonomous systems focus includes a broad range of topics including sensing, perception, manipulation, cognition, and human-robot interaction as well as other areas which need to be addressed in order to develop highly-capable, agile, adaptive, autonomous robots for applications including search and rescue, emergency medical response, and space exploration.
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