Prof. Amy Laviers — Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Title:Human Fall Strategies: The Bartenieff Principle of Weight Shift From the Pelvic Core and Its Role in Producing an Expressive Bipedal Walker

Abstract. TBD

Bio.  Amy LaViers is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab.  She is the recipient of a 2015 DARPA Young Faculty Award and 2017 Director’s Fellowship and was listed as a Teacher Ranked as Excellent, with Outstanding Distinction, in 2016.  She is Co-founder and CTO of AE Machines, Inc., a start up developing flexible automation software, which won Product Design of the Year at the 4th Revolution Awards in Chicago, IL.  She has forged interdisciplinary ties with the UVA and UIUC Dance Programs and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, where she completed a Certification in Movement Analysis (CMA) in 2016. Prior to UIUC she held a position as an assistant professor for two years in systems and information engineering at the University of Virginia.  She completed her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech where she was the recipient of the ECE Graduate Teaching Excellence Award and a finalist for the CETL/BP Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.  Her research began at Princeton University where she earned a certificate in dance and a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  Her senior thesis earned top honors in the MAE department, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Lewis Center for the Arts.