Controls and Art

Inquiries at the Intersection of the Subjective and the Objective

  • Amy LaViers
  • Magnus Egerstedt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Peter Kingston, Jason von Hinezmeyer, Magnus Egerstedt
    Pages 1-26
  3. Naomi E. Leonard, George F. Young, Kelsey Hochgraf, Daniel T. Swain, Aaron Trippe, Willa Chen et al.
    Pages 27-49
  4. John Baillieul, Kayhan Özcimder
    Pages 51-72
  5. Angela P. Schoellig, Hallie Siegel, Federico Augugliaro, Raffaello D’Andrea
    Pages 73-105
  6. Elizabeth Jochum, Jarvis Schultz, Elliot Johnson, T. D. Murphey
    Pages 107-128
  7. Panagiotis Tsiotras, Luis Ignacio Reyes Castro
    Pages 129-153
  8. Cristián Huepe, Marco Colasso, Rodrigo F. Cádiz
    Pages 155-179
  9. Amy LaViers, Lori Teague, Magnus Egerstedt
    Pages 205-229
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 231-235

About this book


Dancing humanoids, robotic art installations, and music generated by mathematically precise methods are no longer science fiction; in fact they are the subject of this book.  This first-of-its-kind anthology assembles technical research that makes such creations possible.  In order to mechanize something as enigmatic and personal as dance, researchers must delve deeply into two distinct academic disciplines: control theory and art.  Broadly, this research uses techniques from the world of art to inspire methods in control, enables artistic endeavours using advanced control theory, and aids in the analysis of art using metrics devised by a systems theoretic approach. 

To ensure that artistic influences are well represented, the individual chapters are focused so that they relate their contribution to the arts meaningfully and explicitly. Specially composed introductions set up the contributions either in terms of inspiration by artistic principles or their contribution to the arts through new analysis tools. To facilitate this, the majority of the chapters are authored jointly by experts in control theory and by artists, including dancers, choreographers, puppeteers, and painters. Connections between controls and art then permeate the text so that these important relationships play a central role in the book.

Controls and Art surveys current projects in this area—including a disco dancing robot, a reactive museum exhibit, and otherworldly music—and illuminates open problems and topics for research in this emerging interdisciplinary field. It will draw attention both from experts in robotics and control interested in developing the artistic side of their creations and from academics studying dance, theater, music and the visual arts with an interest in avant-garde means of production.


Control Applications Haptics in Dance Human Flocking in Dance Marionette Software Mathematically-inspired Art Robotic Dance Systems Theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Amy LaViers
    • 1
  • Magnus Egerstedt
    • 2
  1. 1.Systems and Information Engineering DepartmentUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03903-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03904-6
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