Dr. Daniel Goldman is an Associate Professor in the School of

Crawling and sidewinding on sand
Daniel I. Goldman, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Locomotion of animals and robots is well studied in environments composed of hard
ground, air, and water; less is known about principles of movement in granular
materials, collections of a-thermal particles that display solid, fluid, and gas-like
features. I will discuss two examples which illustrate the sensitivity of granular
locomotion to changes in movement strategies and substrate properties (like
compaction and incline angle). Specifically, I will discuss studies of a limbless snakelike robot (in collaboration with Prof. Howie Choset, CMU) and a flipper based crawling
robot. We use these robots as physical models of biological organisms; I will discuss
how the robot studies give insight into neuromechanical control principles governing
high performance of the animals, in particular the ability of the organisms to control
ground reaction forces to remain below granular yield forces.
Dr. Daniel Goldman is an Associate Professor in the School of Physics at the
Georgia Institute of Technology. Prof. Goldman's research program investigates the
interaction of biological and physical systems with complex materials like granular
media. He received his S.B. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1994. He received his PhD in the physics of granular media in 2002
from The University of Texas at Austin. He did postdoctoral work in locomotion biomechanics at
the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Goldman became a faculty member at Georgia
Tech in January 2007. He is an adjunct member of the School of Biology and is a member of the
Bioengineering Graduate Program. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER/PECASE award, a
DARPA Young Faculty Award, a Sigma Xi Young Faculty award, a Georgia Tech Blanchard
Milliken Fellowship, and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface.