Welcome to the website of the Dynamics Lab, Professor Oliver M. O’Reilly’s research group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Our research focuses on the dynamics of mechanical systems and frequently draws upon rigid body dynamics, continuum mechanics, robotics, and biology.

Current interests include discrete elastic rods, the dynamics of flexible risers, models for soft robot locomotion, and fluid-structure interaction. We use a combined analytical, computational, and experimental approach with the goal of elucidating the engineering science underpinning these problems.

Visit our Twitter feed and YouTube channel! You might also be interested in an online education resource on the mathematics of rotations.

Lab News

July 2022

Congratulations to Nathaniel (PhD, 2022)!

April 2022

Great to see that our 2020 paper on the mechanics-based model for the cooking of spaghetti featured in Spektrum and Focus.

December 2021

Congratulations to Brian Muldoon (MS, 2021)!

August 2021

We welcome Ryan Quintana to the Dynamics Lab!

March 2021

The SETI Institute’s Big Picture Science radio program recently interviewed Prof. O’Reilly about our work on modeling the cooking of spaghetti.