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noah cowan

Fish findings
Should robots think like electric fish?
Published Nov 30, 2018
Study sheds light on how animals use active sensing behaviors to navigate the world around them
Tiny dancers
Giant leap for robotics?
Published Oct 20, 2015 Video
Researchers study spider crickets' aerial acrobatics in hopes of building better robots
Juggle fever
No clowning around
Published Feb 11, 2014 Video
Hopkins researchers study juggling to gain insight into how we move
Fish Tale
Movement mystery solved
Published Nov 4, 2013 Video
Discovery may enhance designs, control systems for small robots that fly, swim, move on mechanical legs
Toast perfected
Published Spring 2013
One small step for mankind: Johns Hopkins undergrads engineer the perfect piece of toast / Johns Hopkins Magazine
A tasty assignment
Published Jan 2013 Video
For engineering course's capstone project, students design, build cooking-related device/ Gazette
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Building the next generation of robots
Published July 16, 2012
Engineers at the School of Engineering are taking inspiration from the designs of living things—designs that have been worked out in the Darwinian trials and errors of millions, even billions, of generations. One could say that it's all part of a massive, modern handoff of design responsibility, from the ponderous "blind watchmaker" of evolution to the faster and better-sighted tinkerers of the engineering world. / Johns Hopkins Engineering Magazine
Inspired by animal movement
Published July 11, 2012
Noah Cowan is taking an innovative approach to improving robotics
The Butterfly's Effects
Published Summer 2012
We can't talk with the animals. But by observing their most awe-inspiring traits, we can learn enough from them to create new medicines and robots. / Johns Hopkins Magazine