Dynamics Problems Discovered Off The Beaten Research Path

14 October 2021
Oliver O'Reilly

Further Information: 

Oliver M. O’Reilly is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Research interests:

Dynamics, Vibrations, Continuum Mechanics

Key publications:

To view a list of Professor O’Reilly’s publications, please visit the Dynamics Lab website.


In this talk, I will discuss a wide range of mechanical systems,
including Hoberman’s sphere, Euler’s disk, a sliding cylinder, the
Dynabee, BB-8, and Littlewood’s hoop, and the research they inspired.
Studies of the dynamics of the cylinder ultimately led to a startup
company while studying Euler’s disk led to sponsored research with a
well-known motorcycle company.

This talk is primarily based on research performed with a number of
former students over the past three decades. including Prithvi Akella,
Antonio Bronars, Christopher Daily-Diamond, Evan Hemingway, Theresa
Honein, Patrick Kessler, Nathaniel Goldberg, Christine Gregg, Alyssa
Novelia, and Peter Varadi over the past three decades.

  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar