ME 447 - Comp Design & Dyn of Soft Syst
Provides a hands-on introduction to modern modeling and simulations techniques for heterogeneous structures made of assemblies of soft, elastic slender elements. Such systems are ubiquitous in nature, from animal musculoskeletal architectures to 'birds-nest' composite materials. They are also becoming increasingly relevant in robotics. Students will implement in python their own Cosserat rods-based solver. The developed solver will be then coupled with evolutionary optimization techniques for design, and reinforcement learning for control. Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: CS 101 OR CS 125; MATH 415.