Biological fluid dynamics and control: Birds, insects, fish and autonomous systems Event as iCalendar


22 March 2017

4 - 5pm

Venue: Ground floor seminar room (G10)

Location: 70 Symonds St, Auckland Central

An ABI seminar by Dr Shane Windsor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, UK.


Animals live in a world of moving fluids and have evolved many ingenious ways to make use of fluid flows.  In this talk I will present a whistle-stop tour of a number of different biological systems looking at how different animals interact with fluid flows. Along the way we will look at:

  • How do birds deal with wind?
  • How do insects stabilize their flight?
  • How do blind fish avoid obstacles?
  • What can we learn from biology to help build better unmanned air vehicles?

In answering these questions I hope to illustrate how engineering approaches can be used to study the sensing and control involved with biological fluid dynamics, and to show how this can provide inspiration for the development of autonomous systems.