Lisa J. Burton

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A mobile system's maneuverability describes the scale and span of the velocities with which it can move. In this paper, we present a new geometric framework for describing the maneuverability of kinematic locomoting systems, inspired by the manipulability analysis of robotic arms. This framework describes both the local maneuverability in the neighborhood(More)
We describe the inspiration, development, and deployment of a novel cocktail device modeled after a class of water-walking insects. Semi-aquatic insects like Microvelia and Velia evade predators by releasing a surfactant that quickly propels them across the water. We exploit an analogous propulsion mechanism in the design of an edible cocktail boat. We(More)
We present the results of a recent collaboration between scientists, engineers and chefs. Two particular devices are developed, both inspired by natural phenomena reliant on surface tension. The cocktail boat is a drink accessory, a self-propelled edible boat powered by alcohol-induced surface tension gradients, whose propulsion mechanism is analogous to(More)
In this thesis, we conduct research toward understanding coupled physics-biology processes in ocean straits. Our focus is on new analytical studies and higher-order simulations of idealized dynamics that are relevant to generic biological processes. The details of coupled physics-biology models are reviewed and an in-depth global equilibrium and local(More)
Capillary-driven flow induced by a stepped perturbation atop a viscous film Phys. Fluids 24, 102111 (2012) Periodic dripping dynamics in a co-flowing liquid-liquid system Phys. Fluids 24, 093101 (2012) Numerical simulations on thermocapillary migrations of nondeformable droplets with large Marangoni numbers A mean curvature model for capillary flows in(More)
Citation Puryear, A. et al. " Underwater acoustic sparse aperture system performance: Using transmitter channel state information for multipath & interference rejection. Article is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use. The MIT Faculty has made(More)
Neuro-sensory systems are critical for integrating environmental stimuli and providing a framework for resolving decision-making tasks. Remarkably, the molecular mechanisms mediating transduction of sensory information in neu-rons are also found in other cellular tissues, including sperm. One mechanism facilitating such behavior is a sperm's ability to(More)
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