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Mechanics of Terrestrial Locomotion

With a Focus on Non-pedal Motion Systems

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Mechanics of Terrestrial Locomotion by Klaus Zimmermann
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.. Starting with the research of G. Bogelsack in the 1970s, the analysis of biological locomotion andmanipulation systemsandtheirtechnical realizationhas beenan- portant research eld within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Ilmenau University of Technology. In 1996, the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded the Innovation College "Motion Systems" at the University of Jena in a coope- tion with engineers at the Ilmenau University of Technology. Thus, research was able to be intensi ed and extended. Of course, the whole spectrum of biologically inspired systems is much too wide, so the analysis was still focused on locomotion and manipulation systems. At this stage J. Steigenberger from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural S- ences at the Ilmenau University of Technology contributed important studies of worm-like locomotion systems with much dedication and technical competence. Moreover, he conceived and carried out a lecture series entitled "Mathematical Basics for Locomotion Systems", which was based on his evaluation of national and international research developments in this eld. I. Zeidis and K. Zimmermann contributed many publications on the mechanics of worm-like locomotion systems based on continuum and rigid-body models as well as asymptotic methods. Since 2004 the German Research Foundation has supported a series of projects led by K. Zimmermann dedicated to biologically inspired robotics. In addition to these activities, the Department of Technical Mechanics and the Department of Computer Application in Mechanical Engineering (M. Weiss) together with masters and doctoral students started the development of mobile robots for the RoboCup Small-Size League in 1998.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Klaus Zimmermann Curriculum Vitae (table) Born in Suhl, GermanyPolytechnical Oberschule in Suhl, GermanyAdvanced Oberschule in Suhl, GermanyMartin-Luther-University in Halle, Germany, Institute of preparation of studies abroadStudy of "Theoretical Mechanics" at the Charkov State University, Ukraina, diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing.) with grade "summa cum laude"Scientific employee at the Department of Technical Mechanics /Mechanism Technology of the Technische Hochschule (TH) Ilmenau 1985 Visiting research position at the Belarusian National Technical University Minsk, Belarus 1985 PhD degree (Dr.-Ing.) with grade "magna cum laude" at the TH Ilmenau Assistant Professor at the Department of Technical Mechanics / Mechanism Technology, and at the Institute of Microsystems Technology, Mechatronics and Mechanics of the TU Ilmenau, resp.1987,1989 Visiting research positions at the University of Pisa, Italy 1990 Habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil.) in Technical Mechanics with subject "Mathematische Modellierung und rechnerunterstutzte Simulation im Entwicklungsprozess technischer Systeme und in der Ingenieurausbildung" Temporary Professorship of Technical Mechanics at the Technical University (TU) IlmenauText-book "Ubungsaufgaben Technische Mechanik" (Fachbuchverlag Leipzig-Koln)1997 University Professor (C4) of Technical Mechanics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Ilmenau 2000,2003 Text-book "Technische Mechanik-multimedial" (Fachbuchverlag Leipzig-Koln) since 2002 Leadership of a subproject of the Collaborative Research Centre 622 "Nanopositioning- and Nanomeasuring-Maschines" 2004-2005 Dean at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Ilmenau Dr. rer. nat. Igor Zeidis Curriculum Vitae (table) 22.03.1950 Born in Moscow, Russia 1957-1967 Secondary School in Moscow, Russia 1967-1972 Study of "Mechanics"at the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Lomonosov State University Moscow, Russia, diploma degree (Dipl.-Math.) 1972-1975 Scientific employee at the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Lomonosov State University Moscow 1975-1980 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics Lomonosov State University Moscow 1980 PhD degree at the Lomonosov State University Moscow 1980-1993 Associated Professor at the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics Lomonosov State University Moscow 1993 Removal on a permanent residence to Germany since 1998 Scientific research position at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Ilmenau
Release date Australia
December 31st, 2008
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2009 ed.
5 Tables, black and white; 205 Illustrations, black and white; XX, 289 p. 205 illus.
Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
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