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Humbert, James Sean Professor and Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Humbert’s research include perception, reduction and feedback principles in biology. Nervous systems have evolved to make useful reductions of sensory-rich high dimensional data, forming simple representations that allow animals to perform well with limited computation in the presence of uncertainty. His laboratory works with biologists to apply control- and information-theoretic tools to formalize these principles in small animals such as insects, providing insight into the biology and resulting in novel, robust and computationally efficient solutions for small-scale engineered systems.


  • Bio-inspired sensing, estimation, and control, insect visual processing, autonomous robotics, flight dynamics, flight control and avionics, dynamical systems, modeling of biological systems, soft robotics


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courses taught

  • ASEN 5014 - Linear Control Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces the theory of linear systems, including vector spaces, linear equations, structure of linear operators, state space descriptions of dynamic systems, and state feedback control methods. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 3200 or equivalent or instructor consent required.
  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Summer 2020
  • MCEN 2043 - Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Covers dynamic behavior of particle systems and rigid bodies; 2-D and 3-D kinematics and kinetics; impulse, momentum, potential, and kinetic energy; and work, collision, and vibration.
  • MCEN 5228 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 credit hours.
  • MCEN 6228 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.


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