Contribution of trunk movements to primate locomotion
Period of visit: 24th September,2005-22th October,2005
Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
I visited Prof. H. Witte at Technical University of Ilmenau and Prof.
M. Fischer at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, who are renowned for
their pioneering studies on animal locomotion by using cineradiography, to
discuss about possible future joint collaboration on "Contribution of
trunk movements to primate locomotion". We basically agreed to
collaborate on instrumentations, analyses and mathematical modeling of
trunk movements during locomotion in Japanese monkeys and humans in the
next couple of years.
In addition, I had many opportunities to have discussions with their
colleagues and graduate students specializing in related fields such as
biomechatronics, neurophysiology, and sports science on their latest
locomotion studies. I also had a chance to give a talk on my current
studies in a seminar. Furthermore, I attended the 3rd International
Symposium on Adaptive Motions of Animals and Machines held at Technical
University of Ilmenau (Chair: Prof. H. Witte) to present a talk on
"Energy efficient bipedal locomotor strategy in bipedally-trained
Japanese macaques" and to exchange thoughts and ideas with other
Auditorium in Techinical University of Ilmenau where 3rd International
Symposium on Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines was held.
Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary