Natural Locomotion in Fluids and on Surfaces

Swimming, Flying, and Sliding

  • Stephen Childress
  • Anette Hosoi
  • William W. Schultz
  • Jane Wang
Conference proceedings

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-3997-4

Part of the The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications book series (IMA, volume 155)

Table of contents (24 papers)

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Invited Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1

    1. Model Problems for Fish Schooling
      Silas Alben
      Pages 3-13
    2. The Fluid Dynamics of Feeding In the Upside-Down Jellyfish
      Christina Hamlet, Laura A. Miller, Terry Rodriguez, Arvind Santhanakrishnan
      Pages 35-51
    3. Individual to Collective Dynamics of Swimming Bacteria
      Luis H. Cisneros, Sujoy Ganguly, Raymond E. Goldstein, John O. Kessler
      Pages 73-82
    4. Dynamics, Control, and Stabilization of Turning Flight in Fruit Flies
      Leif Ristroph, Attila J. Bergou, Gordon J. Berman, John Guckenheimer, Z. Jane Wang, Itai Cohen
      Pages 83-99
    5. Geometric Mechanics, Dynamics, and Control of Fishlike Swimming in a Planar Ideal Fluid
      Scott David Kelly, Parthesh Pujari, Hailong Xiong
      Pages 101-116
    6. Slithering Locomotion
      David L. Hu, Michael Shelley
      Pages 117-135
  4. Contributed Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137

    1. Shark Skin Boundary Layer Control
      Amy Lang, Philip Motta, Maria Laura Habegger, Robert Hueter
      Pages 139-150
    2. Computing optimal Strokes for Low Reynolds Number Swimmers
      Antonio Desimone, Luca Heltai, FranÇois Alouges, Aline Lefebvre-Lepot
      Pages 177-184
    3. Models of Low Reynolds Number Swimmers Inspired by Cell Blebbing
      Qixuan Wang, Jifeng Hu, Hans Othmer
      Pages 185-195
    4. A Low-Reynolds-Number Treadmilling Swimmer Near a Semi-infinite Wall
      Kiori Obuse, Jean-Luc Thiffeault
      Pages 197-206
    5. Cilia Induced Bending of Paramecium in Microchannels
      Saikat Jana, Junil Kim, Sung Yang, Sunghwan Jung
      Pages 207-215
    6. Rheology of Sheared Bacterial Suspensions
      Zhenlu Cui, Xiao-Ming Zeng
      Pages 217-224

About these proceedings


This volume developed from a Workshop on Natural Locomotion in Fluids and on Surfaces: Swimming, Flying, and Sliding which was held at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota, from June 1-5, 2010.  The subject matter ranged widely from observational data to theoretical mechanics, and reflected the broad scope of the workshop.  In both the prepared presentations and in the informal discussions, the workshop engaged exchanges across disciplines and invited a lively interaction between modelers and observers.


The articles in this volume were invited and fully refereed. They provide a representative if necessarily incomplete account of the field of natural locomotion during a period of rapid growth and expansion.  The papers presented at the workshop, and the contributions to the present volume, can be roughly divided into those pertaining to swimming on the scale of marine organisms, swimming of microorganisms at low Reynolds numbers, animal flight, and sliding and other related examples of locomotion.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Childress
    • 1
  • Anette Hosoi
    • 2
  • William W. Schultz
    • 3
  • Jane Wang
    • 4
  1. 1.Courant Institute of Math SciencesNew York UniversityNew York CityUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3., Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4., Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3996-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3997-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0940-6573