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

January 2020

Congratulations to Nathaniel (MS 2019) for the wonderful attention his work on modeling the cooking of spaghetti is receiving, and to Chris (MS 2013, PhD 2017) and Christine (PhD 2018) for the accolade their work on shoelaces received.

December 2019

Congratulations to Elaine and Nathaniel for receiving their MS degrees! We also wish Elaine a successful career as an engineer at Zoox, where she will begin in the new year.

September 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Hyung-Taek Kim for completing the requirements for the PhD degree. We wish him and his family every success and happiness. We also give a warm welcome to Theresa Honein and Brian Muldoon, who began their graduate studies at Berkeley this fall.