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The dynamics of legged locomotion: Models, analyses, and challenges
 SIAM Review
, 2006
"... Cheetahs and beetles run, dolphins and salmon swim, and bees and birds fly with grace and economy surpassing our technology. Evolution has shaped the breathtaking abilities of animals, leaving us the challenge of reconstructing their targets of control and mechanisms of dexterity. In this review we ..."
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Cheetahs and beetles run, dolphins and salmon swim, and bees and birds fly with grace and economy surpassing our technology. Evolution has shaped the breathtaking abilities of animals, leaving us the challenge of reconstructing their targets of control and mechanisms of dexterity. In this review we explore a corner of this fascinating world. We describe mathematical models for legged animal locomotion, focusing on rapidly running insects, and highlighting achievements and challenges that remain. Newtonian bodylimb dynamics are most naturally formulated as piecewiseholonomic rigid body mechanical systems, whose constraints change as legs touch down or lift off. Central pattern generators and proprioceptive sensing require models of spiking neurons, and simplified phase oscillator descriptions of ensembles of them. A full neuromechanical model of a running animal requires integration of these elements, along with proprioceptive feedback and models of goaloriented sensing, planning and learning. We outline relevant background material from neurobiology and biomechanics, explain key properties of the hybrid dynamical systems that 1 underlie legged locomotion models, and provide numerous examples of such models, from the simplest, completely soluble ‘pegleg walker ’ to complex neuromuscular subsystems that are yet to be assembled into models of behaving animals. 1
Stabilization of planar collective motion: alltoall communication
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL
, 2007
"... This paper proposes a design methodology to stabilize isolated relative equilibria in a model of alltoall coupled identical particles moving in the plane at unit speed. Isolated relative equilibria correspond to either parallel motion of all particles with fixed relative spacing or circular motio ..."
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This paper proposes a design methodology to stabilize isolated relative equilibria in a model of alltoall coupled identical particles moving in the plane at unit speed. Isolated relative equilibria correspond to either parallel motion of all particles with fixed relative spacing or circular motion of all particles with fixed relative phases. The stabilizing feedbacks derive from Lyapunov functions that prove exponential stability and suggest almost global convergence properties. The results of the paper provide a loworder parametric family of stabilizable collectives that offer a set of primitives for the design of higherlevel tasks at the group level.
Stabilization of planar collective motion with limited communication
 IEEE Trans. Automat. Contr
"... Abstract—This paper proposes a design methodology to stabilize relative equilibria in a model of identical, steered particles moving in the plane at unit speed. Relative equilibria either correspond to parallel motion of all particles with fixed relative spacing or to circular motion of all particle ..."
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Abstract—This paper proposes a design methodology to stabilize relative equilibria in a model of identical, steered particles moving in the plane at unit speed. Relative equilibria either correspond to parallel motion of all particles with fixed relative spacing or to circular motion of all particles around the same circle. Particles exchange relative information according to a communication graph that can be undirected or directed and timeinvariant or timevarying. The emphasis of this paper is to show how previous results assuming alltoall communication can be extended to a general communication framework. Index Terms—Cooperative control, geometric control, multiagent systems, stabilization. I.
Phaseresponse curves give the responses of neurons to transient inputs
 Journal of Neurophysiology
, 2005
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You might find this additional information useful... This article cites 65 articles, 45 of which you can access free at:
The influence of spike rate and stimulus duration on noradrenergic neurons
 J. Comput. Neurosci
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SelfOrganising Sync in a Robotic Swarm. A Dynamical System View
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION
, 2008
"... Selforganised synchronisation is a common phenomenon observed in many natural and artificial systems: simple coupling rules at the level of the individual components of the system result in an overall coherent behaviour. Owing to these properties, synchronisation appears particularly interesting fo ..."
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Selforganised synchronisation is a common phenomenon observed in many natural and artificial systems: simple coupling rules at the level of the individual components of the system result in an overall coherent behaviour. Owing to these properties, synchronisation appears particularly interesting for swarm robotics systems, as it allows for robust temporal coordination of the group while minimising the complexity of the individual controllers. The goal of the experiments presented in this paper is the study of selforganising synchronisation for robots that present an individual periodic behaviour. In order to design the robot controllers, we make use of artificial evolution, which proves to be capable of synthesising minimal synchronisation strategies based on the dynamical coupling between robots and environment. The obtained results are analysed under a dynamical system perspective, which allows us to uncover the evolved mechanisms and to predict the scalability properties of the selforganising synchronisation with respect to varying group size.
Optimal inputs for phase models of spiking neurons
 Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics
, 2006
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Synchronization in Complex Networks of Phase Oscillators: A Survey
, 2014
"... The emergence of synchronization in a network of coupled oscillators is a fascinating subject of multidisciplinary research. This survey reviews the vast literature on the theory and the applications of complex oscillator networks. We focus on phase oscillator models that are widespread in realworl ..."
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The emergence of synchronization in a network of coupled oscillators is a fascinating subject of multidisciplinary research. This survey reviews the vast literature on the theory and the applications of complex oscillator networks. We focus on phase oscillator models that are widespread in realworld synchronization phenomena, that generalize the celebrated Kuramoto model, and that feature a rich phenomenology. We review the history and the countless applications of this model throughout science and engineering. We justify the importance of the widespread coupled oscillator model as a locally canonical model and describe some selected applications relevant to control scientists, including vehicle coordination, electric power networks, and clock synchronization. We introduce the reader to several synchronization notions and performance estimates. We propose analysis approaches to phase and frequency synchronization, phase balancing, pattern formation, and partial synchronization. We present the sharpest known results about synchronization in networks of homogeneous and heterogeneous oscillators, with complete or sparse interconnection topologies, and in finitedimensional and infinitedimensional settings. We conclude by summarizing the limitations of existing analysis methods and by highlighting some directions for future research.
Controlling the Phase of an Oscillator: A Phase Response Curve Approach
"... Abstract — The paper discusses elementary control strategies to control the phase of an oscillator. Both feedforward and feedback (P and PI) control laws are designed based on the phase response curve (PRC) calculated from the linearized model. The performance is evaluated on a popular model of circ ..."
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Abstract — The paper discusses elementary control strategies to control the phase of an oscillator. Both feedforward and feedback (P and PI) control laws are designed based on the phase response curve (PRC) calculated from the linearized model. The performance is evaluated on a popular model of circadian oscillations. I.
Sensitivity measures for oscillating systems: Application to mammalian circadian gene network
 IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. I. submitted
, 2007
"... Vital physiological behaviors exhibited daily by bacteria, plants, and animals are governed by endogenous oscillators called circadian clocks. The most salient feature of the circadian clock is its ability to change its internal time (phase) to match that of the external environment. The circadian c ..."
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Vital physiological behaviors exhibited daily by bacteria, plants, and animals are governed by endogenous oscillators called circadian clocks. The most salient feature of the circadian clock is its ability to change its internal time (phase) to match that of the external environment. The circadian clock, like many oscillators in nature, is regulated at the cellular level by a complex network of interacting components. As a complementary approach to traditional biological investigation, we utilize mathematical models and systems theoretic tools to elucidate these mechanisms. The models are systems of ordinary differential equations exhibiting stable limit cycle behavior. To study the robustness of circadian phase behavior, we use sensitivity analysis. As the standard set of sensitivity tools are not suitable for the study of phase behavior, we introduce a novel tool, the parametric impulse