Bioinspired Flight

Speaker :
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Date : 10 Sep 2020 (Thu)
Time : 10:30 am
Venue :
Organizer : Meeting ID:974 9235 1070

Dr. Lentink’s lab focusses on understanding animal flight to improve flying robots—because animals fly further, longer, and more reliable in complex visual and wind environments. They use a multidisciplinary lens that integrates aerospace engineering and organismal biology, including aerodynamics, robotics, biomechanics, and sensorimotor control to advance our systems understanding of bioinspired flight. The experimental approaches range from making robotic models, flying animals in custom-designed gust arenas, scanning their 3D shape at high-speed and unraveling their musculoskeletal control strategies to making innovative direct aerodynamic force measurements in flight. Dr. Lentink will show how these and other ongoing studies in his lab have inspired new biohybrid soft morphing aerial robots.


Dr. Lentink’s multidisciplinary Mechanical Engineering lab at Stanford studies how animals fly to develop better flying robots. He has a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics, Delft University of Technology) and a PhD in Experimental Zoology cum laude (Wageningen University). During his PhD he visited the Bioengineering department at the California Institute of Technology for 9 months to study insect flight. His postdoctoral training at Harvard was focused on studying bird flight. Publications range from technical journals to cover publications in Nature and Science. He is an alumnus of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the Dutch Academic Year Prize and NSF CAREER award, he was recognized in 2013 as one of 40 scientists under 40 by the World Economic Forum, by the US National Academy of Engineering as Gilbreth Lecturer, and he is the inaugural winner of the Steven Vogel Young Investigator Award. These and other awards span across engineering and biology.