Dynamic Walking 2011 will be held at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany from July 18 to 21. The main conference venue will be a castle in Dornburg close to Jena.

The aim of this meeting, the sixth of an annual series, is to provide insight into the fundamental principles that underlie legged locomotion. Topics central to dynamic walking include energetics, stability and control, predictive principles and models, dynamic modeling, empirical data with a conceptual tie in, robot successes and failures. The dynamic walking approach puts less emphasis on vision, navigation, kinematic motion planning, kinematic data, kinematic control, and measurements that do not address a basic concept or principle. Participants are split roughly equally between students and professors, and between researchers studying human walking and those designing walking robots.

To promote open sharing of information, the meetings are organized to provide as much interaction between participants as possible. The format is highly informal and fluid, with a single track of presentations and extensive time scheduled for interaction, brainstorming and idea sharing. The schedule includes many hands-on tutorials and demonstrations of dynamic walking robots.

The meeting will be based on invitations and accepted applications. This year's focus is to combine introductory review talks with an extended discussion, both claiming approximately the same amount of time (15+15 min). All of the material, including videos of the lectures and posters, will be posted on this website.

Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions.


Scientific Board

  • Chris Atkeson - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Steve Collins - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Max Donelan - Simon Fraser University
  • Christophe Maufroy - University of Jena
  • Katja Mombaur - University of Heidelberg
  • Andy Ruina - Cornell University
  • André Seyfarth - University of Jena
  • Alexander Sproewitz - École Poytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Russ Tedrake - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Martijn Wisse - Delft University of Technology

Previous Meetings