Noah Cowan PhD

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Neuroscience

ncowan@jhu.edu
Telephone Number: 410-516-5301
Fax Number: 410-516-4316

Department of Mechanical Engineering
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2682
Room: 121 Hackerman Hall
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Areas of Research
Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience

Graduate Program Affiliations

Mechanical Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Neuroscience Training Program

Locomotion in Mechanical and Biological Systems (LIMBS) Laboratory

How do animals process sensory information to control their motion, and how should one design sensor-based robot control systems? Answering these questions involves integrating biomechanics and dynamics with neural and engineering computation.

We study sensorimotor control in animal movement from a “control theoretic” perspective; specifically, we use mathematical models of biomechanics together with principles of control theory to furnish hypotheses about how the nervous system transforms sensory information into motor commands. We then design novel experiments that enable us to test the predictions of the models, ultimately enabling us to furnish a quantitative description of the way the nervous system processes sensory information for control.


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