Mark Kingsbury

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Discovery of fundamental principles which govern and limit effective locomotion (self-propulsion) is of intellectual interest and practical importance. Human technology has created robotic moving systems that excel in movement on and within environments of societal interest: paved roads, open air and water. However, such devices cannot yet robustly and(More)
Examples of spontaneous synchronization abound in the biological world, with examples ranging from the oscillations of cardiac pacemaker cells to the synchronization of firing neurons. A particularly spectacular example is the emergence of synchrony that is observed when groups of fireflies of a certain species congregate and flash. In this experiment, we(More)
Many legged organisms and robots must contend with walking across granular media (GM), substrates whose properties depend on compaction and disturbance history. Movement over GM can be particularly challenging because the ground may yield to an intruder, displaying both solid and fluid-like behavior [1]. This yielding behavior can lead to the locomotor(More)
The synchronization of fireflies has been well studied over many different models. In previous studies, models assume that the fireflies are globally coupled, or that each firefly can see every other firefly. In the wild fireflies can demonstrate this synchronization over a forest in where it would not be possible to see every firefly in the network and(More)
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