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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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