SYDNEY SCIENCE FORUM


Limits of Control: Testing the extremes of human movement in mid-air


Date: Wed 11 Sep 2013
Time: 5.45PM - 6.45PM
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Cost: FREE



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Presented by Associate Professor Holger R. Dullin
School of Mathematics and Statistics, the University of Sydney

Have you ever wondered how cats manage to land on all fours, regardless of the direction of their body when they fall?

How do divers, skiers and gymnasts change their shape and orientation when in similar free flight situations?

Find out how mathematicians, engineers and sports scientists in collaboration with the NSW Institute of Sport answer these questions as part of the "Bodies in Space" research project.

Bodies in Space researchers are using geometric mechanics to model the aerial motion of athletes and simulate their movements using computers.

A greater understanding of this science will help to optimise performance and stretch the limits of human movement in mid air.

Venue map: Eastern Avenue Auditorium

*While the lecture is free, seat bookings are essential as places are limited. To make a booking, complete the online booking form or email with your name, the names of the lectures you wish to attend, and number of seats required (limited to 5 per booking except for school groups). Bookings can also be made by calling (02) 9351 3021 between 10am and 3pm.