Theories of motor control in neuroscience usually focus on the role of the nervous system in the coordination of movement. However, the literature in sports science as well as in embodied robotics suggests that improvements in motor performance can be achieved through an improvement of the body mechanical properties themselves, rather than only the control. I therefore developed the thesis that efficient motor coordination in animals and humans relies on the adjustment of the body mechanical properties to the task at hand, by the postural system.
Exciting talk on modeling anguilliform swimming, robotic testing.
Daniel Renjewski presents research in bipedal gait mechanisms: 'Passive mechanisms for increased power and efficiency in bipedal gait’