SP.251 / PE.920 PE for ME

As taught in: Spring 2005

A four-legged machine that can simulate movement.

The MIT Leg Laboratory's Quadruped, a design discussed in class. (Image courtesy of the MIT Leg Laboratory.)




Noah Riskin

Prof. Alex Slocum

Aline Newton

Course Features

Course Description

The sensing, thinking, moving body is the basis of our experience in the world; it is the very foundation on which cognitive intelligence is built. Physical Intelligence, then, is the inherent ability of the human organism to function in extraordinary accord with its physical environment. This class--a joint DAPER/ME offering for both PE and academic credit--uses the MIT gymnastics gym as a laboratory to explore Physical Intelligence as applied to ME and design. Readings, discussions and experiential learning introduce various dimensions of Physical Intelligence which students then apply to the design of innovative exercise equipment.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov.