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Humbert, James Sean

Professor and Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Humbert’s research interests 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 / Fall 2023
    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 3017 - Circuits and Electronics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introductory course covers analysis of electric circuits by use of Ohm's law, network reduction, node and loop analysis, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems, DC and AC signals, transient response of simple circuits, transfer functions, basic diode and transistor circuits and operational amplifiers. Same as ECEN 3010.
  • MCEN 5228 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2024
    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 / Spring 2023
    Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • MCEN 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024


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