There's a Moth in My Video Game! Episode 6, Starring Simon Sponberg

Sponberg gets creative in his studies of animal locomotion.


Renay San Miguel
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College of Sciences

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Video games and virtual reality help Simon Sponberg study how animals move through environments.

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Simon Sponberg uses moths and cockroaches to study "the physics of living systems." With the help of virtual reality and video game principles, Sponberg's research into how animals move within their environments could lead to better robots, vehicles, and prosthetic devices.

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Episode 6 of ScienceMatters' Season 1 stars Simon Sponberg.  Listen to the podcast here and read the transcript here!

Simon Sponberg, an assistant professor with joint appointment in the School of Physics and the School of Biological Sciences, loves to study how insects like moths and cockroaches move. The Georgia Tech professor discovers the physics and mathematics hidden within the biological systems of these creatures. And what he learns about animal locomotion could mean better robots, better prosthetic devices, and better vehicles.

Sponberg is the principal investigator in the Agile Systems Lab. He received a National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2016, and won the National Society for Neuroethology Young Investigator Award in 2014. Sponberg also researches at Georgia Tech's Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.

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  • Created On: Sep 24, 2018 - 12:32pm
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