Paolo Paoletti

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Balancing on a tightrope or a slackline is an example of a neuromechanical task where the whole body both drives and responds to the dynamics of the external environment, often on multiple timescales. Motivated by a range of neurophysiological observations, here we formulate a minimal model for this system and use optimal control theory to design a strategy(More)
The locomotion of many soft-bodied animals is driven by the propagation of rhythmic waves of contraction and extension along the body. These waves are classically attributed to globally synchronized periodic patterns in the nervous system embodied in a central pattern generator (CPG). However, in many primitive organisms such as earthworms and insect(More)
— The paper presents a new Atomic Force Mi-croscopy setup where the cantilever gets excited by a positive feedback loop containing a saturation function. The proposed scheme can be easily modeled and analyzed in the frequency domain using harmonic balance techniques. In imaging applications , we show that an additional controller for the saturation(More)
Competing interests: The authors declare that no competing interests exist. Copyright Pehlevan et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited. Abstract Locomotion in an organism is a consequence of the(More)
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