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Research Interests

Professor MacIver believes that the body’s mechanical intelligence can be just as important, if not more important, than what’s going on in your head. His primary scientific efforts are in understanding how animal mechanics and sensory abilities fit together, and he pursues that problem using approaches from neuroscience, animal behavior studies, robotics, mathematical modeling, and computer simulations. In engineering, he has pioneered the development of a new sensor inspired by the ability of certain fish to sense using a self-generated electric field, and highly maneuverable propulsion systems based on fish locomotion.

Education/Academic qualification

Neuroscience, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

… → 2001

Philosophy, MA, University of Toronto

… → 1992

Philosophy and Computer Science, BSc, University of Toronto

… → 1991

Computer Science, BS, University of Toronto

Research interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Neuroethology
  • Neuromechanics
  • Robotics
  • Signal acquisition

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Grants

  • Research Output

    Superlinear Convergence Using Controls Based on Second-Order Needle Variations

    Mamakoukas, G., Maciver, M. A. & Murphey, T. D., Jan 18 2019, 2018 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 4301-4308 8 p. 8619405. (Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control; vol. 2018-December).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Feedback synthesis for underactuated systems using sequential second-order needle variations

    Mamakoukas, G., MacIver, M. A. & Murphey, T. D., Dec 1 2018, In : International Journal of Robotics Research. 37, 13-14, p. 1826-1853 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Scopus citations

    Feedback synthesis for controllable underactuated systems using sequential second order actions

    Mamakoukas, G., MacIver, M. A. & Murphey, T. D., Jan 1 2017, Robotics: Science and Systems XIII, RSS 2017. Srinivasa, S., Ayanian, N., Amato, N. & Kuindersma, S. (eds.). MIT Press Journals, (Robotics: Science and Systems; vol. 13).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Human-in-the-loop active electrosense

    Fang, S., Peshkin, M. & Maciver, M. A., Feb 2017, In : Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. 12, 1, 014001.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Scopus citations

    Hydrodynamic optimality of balistiform and gymnotiform locomotion

    Sprinkle, B., Bale, R., Bhalla, A. P. S., MacIver, M. A. & Patankar, N. A., Mar 4 2017, In : European Journal of Computational Mechanics. 26, 1-2, p. 31-43 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Scopus citations