Congrats Dr. Chin and Dr. Deetjen!
Diana Chin and Mark
Deetjen successfully defended and submitted their wonderful PhD theses. Diana
advanced our understanding of how foraging birds fly effectively over short
distances in arboreal environments. Her biomechanical research uncovered how
birds use terrestrial and aerodynamic force vectoring to visually guide their
flight. She also helped uncover strategies birds use to land and takeoff from
complex surfaces. She developed the first 2D aerodynamic force platform to measure
the lift and drag birds generate in flight for the first time in vivo. Her
research shows birds repurpose lift and drag in unconventional ways to enable
takeoff and landing. Mark developed a new automated 3D imaging technique to quantify
the deformation of 3D surfaces at high-speed, including birds in free flight.
His single shot algorithm maximizes reconstruction framerate. His automated calibration
algorithm for simultaneously using multiple highspeed structured-light
projectors and cameras enables and simplifies the use of this state-of-the-art
imaging technique across applications. Using these techniques and collaborating
with Diana Chin and Bret Tobalske, he reconstructed the most accurate
aerodynamic workloop of flight muscles till date.