Title: Some mechanical systems are difficult to control (9 pages)
Detail: Mathematics Department, Arizona State University, 2003/04/25

This talk will largely be a survey of results on controllability and motion planning for `simple' mechanical systems. I will illustrate via examples the interesting and rich behaviour exhibited by this class of systems, and state, as precisely as time allows, some general results. If temporal and physical constraints permit, I will show some animations of motion planning algorithms for a few simple examples.

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Andrew D. Lewis (andrew at mast.queensu.ca)