MacIver, Malcolm, PhD

Information

Name

MacIver, Malcolm, PhD

Title

Associate Professor

Email

maciver@northwestern.edu

Office Phone

847-491-3540

Office Fax

847-491-3915

Department

Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Neurobiology

Office

Tech B292

Website

http://nxr.northwestern.edu

Areas of Research

Cognition&Language, Computational, Electrophysiology, Motor Control

NU Scholar Profile

http://www.scholars.northwestern.edu/expert.asp?u_id=1473

Recent Publications on PubMed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Maciver%2C%20Malcolm%5BFull%20Author%20Name%5D&cmd=DetailsSearch

Current Research

Current Research

Professor MacIver believes that the body’s mechanical intelligence can be just as important, if not more important, than what’s going on in your head. His primary scientific efforts are in understanding how animal mechanics and sensory abilities fit together, and he pursues that problem using approaches from neuroscience, animal behavior studies, robotics, mathematical modeling, and computer simulations. In engineering, he has pioneered the development of a new sensor inspired by the ability of certain fish to sense using a self-generated electric field, and highly maneuverable propulsion systems based on fish locomotion. In 2009 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering from President Obama at the White House, the highest award given to emerging scientists by the government. He develops science-inspired interactive art installations that have exhibited internationally, has served as science advisor for several sci-fi TV series and movies (Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica, Tron Legacy, Terminator Genisys), and has been a blogger for Discover Magazine.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Miller, L. M., Y. Silverman, M. A. MacIver, and T. D. Murphey, "Ergodic Exploration of Distributed Information", Transactions on Robotics, Submitted.

Bale, R., I. D. Neveln, A. Pal Singh Bhalla, M. A. MacIver, and N. A. Patankar, "Convergent evolution of mechanically optimal locomotion in aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates", PLOS Biology, vol. 13, issue 4, 04/2015.

Bai, Y., J. B. Snyder, M. A. Peshkin, and M. A. MacIver, "Finding and identifying simple objects underwater with active electrosense", The International Journal of Robotics Research, 2015.

Neveln, I. D., L. M. Miller, M. A. MacIver, and T. D. Murphey, "Improving Object Tracking through Distributed Exploration of an Information Map", IEEE Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2014, 2014.

Bale, R., A. A. Shirgaonkar, I. D. Neveln, A. Pal Singh Bhalla, M. A. MacIver, and N. A. Patankar, "Separability of drag and thrust in undulatory animals and machines", Sci. Rep., vol. 4, 12, 2014.

Neveln, I. D., R. Bale, A. Pal Singh Bhalla, O. M. Curet, N. A. Patankar, and M. A. MacIver, "Undulating fins produce off-axis thrust and flow structures", Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 217, pp. 201–213, 2014.

Neveln, I. D., Y. Bai, J. B. Snyder, J. R. Solberg, O. M. Curet, K. M. Lynch, and M. A. MacIver, "Biomimetic and bio-inspired robotics in electric fish research", Journal of Experimental Biology, issue 216, pp. 2501-2514, 06/2013.

MacIver, M. A., "Engineering Health and Sustainability through Consciousness-Enhancing Technologies [Invited Opinion]", McCormick Magazine Spring 2013, Northwestern University, pp. 18-19, 2013.

Ruiz-Torres, R., O. M. Curet, G. V. Lauder, and M. A. MacIver, "Kinematics of the ribbon fin in hovering and swimming of the electric ghost knifefish", The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 216, pp. 823-834, 2013.

Sefati, S., I. D. Neveln, E. Roth, T. Mitchell, J. B. Snyder, M. A. MacIver, E. S. Fortune, and N. J. Cowan, "Mutually opposing forces during locomotion can eliminate the tradeoff between maneuverability and stability", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013.

Silverman, Y., L. M. Miller, M. A. MacIver, and T. D. Murphey, "Optimal Planning for Information Acquisition", IROS 2013, 2013.

Patterson, B.W., A. O. Abraham, M. A. MacIver, and D. L. McLean, "Visually guided gradation of prey capture movements in larval zebrafish", The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 16, issue 216, pp. 3071-3083, 04/2013.

Sefati, S., I. D. Neveln, M. A. MacIver, E. S. Fortune, and N. J. Cowan, "Counter-propagating waves enhance maneuverability and stability: a bio-inspired strategy for robotic ribbon-fin propulsion", Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 2012 4th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on: IEEE, pp. 1620–1625, 2012.

Silverman, Y., Y. Bai, J. B. Snyder, and M. A. MacIver, "Location and Orientation Estimation with an Electrosensing Robot", IEEE Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2012, 10/2012.

Bale, R., A. Pal Singh Bhalla, M. A. MacIver, and N. A. Patankar, "Optimal number of waves for ribbon fin propulsion", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, vol. 57: APS, 2012.

Bai, Y., J. B. Snyder, Y. Silverman, M. A. Peshkin, and M. A. MacIver, "Sensing Capacitance of Underwater Objects in Bio-inspired Electrosense", IROS 2012, 10/2012.

Snyder, J. B., Y. Silverman, Y. Bai, and M. A. MacIver, "Underwater object tracking using electrical impedance tomography", 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2012), Vilamoura-Algarve, Portugal, IEEE, 2012.

Curet, O. M., N. A. Patankar, G. V. Lauder, and M. A. MacIver, "Aquatic manoeuvering with counter-propagating waves: a novel locomotive strategy", Journal of The Royal Society Interface, vol. 8, no. 60: The Royal Society, pp. 1041–1050, 2011.

MacIver, M. A., "Fitting Science and Screen [Book Review]", Science, vol. 332, no. 6030: American Association for the Advancement of Science, pp. 665–665, 2011.

Bale, R., M. A. MacIver, and N. A. Patankar, "Hydrodynamic optimality of ribbon fin shapes", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, vol. 56: APS, 2011.

Curet, O. M., N. A. Patankar, G. V. Lauder, and M. A. MacIver, "Mechanical properties of a bio-inspired robotic knifefish with an undulatory propulsor", Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, vol. 6, no. 2: IOP Publishing, pp. 026004, 2011.

MacIver, M. A., N. A. Patankar, and A. A. Shirgaonkar, "Energy-Information Trade-Offs between Movement and Sensing", PLoS Computational Biology, vol. 6, issue 5, pp. e1000769, 5/2010.

Curet, O. M., I. K. AlAli, M. A. MacIver, and N. A. Patankar, "A versatile implicit iterative approach for fully resolved simulation of self-propulsion", Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol. 199, no. 37: Elsevier, pp. 2417–2424, 2010.

Patankar, N. A., A. A. Shirgaonkar, and M. A. MacIver, "Can drag and thrust be separated in undulatory swimming?", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, vol. 54: APS, 2009.

Curet, O. M., M. A. MacIver, and N. A. Patankar, "Multi-directional thrusting using oppositely traveling waves in knifefish swimming", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, vol. 54: APS, 2009.

MacIver, M. A., "Neuroethology: from morphological computation to planning", The Cambridge handbook of situated cognition, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, pp. 480–504, 2009.

Shirgaonkar, A. A., M. A. MacIver, and N. A. Patankar, "A new mathematical formulation and fast algorithm for fully resolved simulation of self-propulsion", Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 228, no. 7: Elsevier, pp. 2366–2390, 2009.

Postlethwaite, C. M., T. M. Psemeneki, J. Selimkhanov, M. Silber, and M. A. MacIver, "Optimal movement in the prey strikes of weakly electric fish: a case study of the interplay of body plan and movement capability", Journal of The Royal Society Interface, vol. 6, no. 34: The Royal Society, pp. 417–433, 2009.

Shirgaonkar, A. A., N. A. Patankar, and M. A. MacIver, "On the“momentum enhancement''and hydrodynamic efficiency of gymnotiform and balistiform swimmers", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, vol. 54: APS, 2009.

Solberg, J. R., K. M. Lynch, and M. A. MacIver, "Active electrolocation for underwater target localization", The International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 27, no. 5: SAGE Publications, pp. 529–548, 2008.