Lecture Previews

Roll, Crawl, Walk, Climb, and Jump: Robot Locomotion Inspired by Nature and Beyond

Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Mauldin Auditorium (Newell-Simon Hall 1305)

In this lecture, Dennis Hong, assistant professor in the mechanical engineering department at Virginia Tech, will present his ideas on bio-inspiration. The talk addresses ideas of using locomotion strategies found in nature into robotics, such as crawling, walking, jumping, and swaying.

Hong’s research focuses on the area of novel robotic locomotion mechanisms, design and analysis of mechanical systems, kinematics, and dynamics.

The IT Revolution in Architecture, a Paradigm Shift

Monday at 7 p.m.

Kresge Theatre

Antonino Saggio, professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Rome, will speak about the structural, cultural, and formal relationship people have with information technology. His lecture will analyze the role of information in contemporary architecture and how it has influenced our notions of space and time. He has written several books exploring digital architecture.

Gale-Stewart Games and Blackwell Games

Tuesday at noon

Wean Hall 7201

Daisuke Ikegami, from the University of California, Berkeley, will explain the theory behind two types of games: Gale Stewart, which are two-player zero-sum infinite games with perfect information, and Blackwell, which are infinite games with imperfect information.

These games have many connections to topics in set theory, model theory, and computer science. The lecture will analyze these types of games and the connections between them. Ikegami is a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley studying set theory.

Effective Field Theories for Fluids and Superfluids

Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Wean Hall 7316

Alberto Nicolis, an assistant professor from the department of physics at Columbia University, will discuss his work in hydrodynamic systems. He will present a novel theoretical framework that captures the long-distance and low frequency dynamics of these systems.

His work has possible applications in condensed matter physics, heavy-ion collisions, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum hydrodynamics.

“Political Expressionism” and Other Fallacies of Political Art

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Porter Hall 100

Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert, directors of the new Center for Artistic Activism, will speak about activism and political expression in artwork. Drawing from their own experiences as artists and activists, their research interviewing political artists, and contemporary examples, Duncombe and Lambert will discuss lessons they have for artists striving to create social impact through their work.

Duncombe is an associate professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture, and Communications of New York. Lambert was a senior fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006 to 2010, develops and leads workshops for the Creative Capital Foundation, and is a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.