Malcolm A. MacIver
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3107
Ph.D. Neuroscience, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL
M.A. Philosophy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
B.S. Computer Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Neurobiology of sensorimotor integration; biomechanics; bio-inspired robotics
- Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, 2009
- NSF Career Award, 2009
Significant Professional Service
- Organizer, First International Symposium on Robotic Electrosense, Aug 2012 College Park MD
- Science Consultant for movie and television industry, National Academy of Science's Science Entertainment Exchange
- Northwestern Faculty Senate Representative
In the Classroom
Prof. MacIver teaches graduate level courses in neural engineering (BME 464 Neuromechatronics, and BME 461 Computational Neuromechanics and Neuroethology), as well as undergraduate classes in biomechanics and data acquisition and analysis for mechanical engineers.
MacIver, M. A. Fitting Science and Screen [Book Review]. Science, 6 May 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6030 p. 665. DOI: 10.1126/science.1205130.
MacIver, M. A., Patankar, N. A., Lauder, G. V., Shirgaonkar, A. A., Curet, O. M. Why knifefish are shaped like knives. In review, Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Shirgaonkar, A. A., MacIver, M. A., Patankar, N.A. The balance between drag and thrust in undulatory propulsion. In revision, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Ricardo Ruiz Torres, Oscar M. Curet, George V. Lauder, Malcolm A. MacIver. The kinematics of ribbon fin propulsion in a weakly electric knifefish. To be submitted June 2011 to Journal of Experimental Biology.
Curet, O.M., Patankar, N. A., Lauder, G.V., MacIver, M. A. (2011) Mechanical properties of a bio-inspired robotic knifefish with an undulatory propulsor. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, published online before print April 7, 2011, doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/2/026004.
Curet, O.M., Patankar, N. A., Lauder, G.V., MacIver, M. A. (2010) Aquatic maneuvering with counter-propagating waves: a novel locomotive strategy. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, July 6, 2011 8:1041-1050; published online before print December 22, 2010, doi: 10.1098/rsif.2010.0493. Cover.
MacIver, M.A., Patankar, N. A., Shirgaonkar, A. A. (2010) Energy-information trade-offs between movement and sensing. PLoS Computational Biology 6(5): e1000769. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000769.
Curet, O.M., AlAli, I. K., MacIver, M.A., Patankar, N. A. (2010) A versatile implicit iterative approach for fully resolved simulation of self-propulsion. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, doi:10.1016/j.cma.2010.03.026.
Shirgaonkar, A. S., MacIver, M. A., Patankar, N. A. (2009) A new mathematical formulation and fast algorithm for fully resolved simulation of self-propulsion. Journal of Computational Physics, 228, 2366-2390.
Postlethwaite, C. M., Psemeneki, T. M., Selimkhanov*, J., Silber, M., MacIver, M. A. (2009) 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. Published online Oct 8, 2008; doi:10.1098/rsif.2008.0286; published in journal 2009. *Undergraduate researcher.
Shirgaonkar, A. A., Curet, O.M., Patankar, N. A., MacIver, M. A. (2008) The hydrodynamics of ribbon-fin propulsion under impulsive motion. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 3490-3503.
Solberg, J. R., Lynch, K. M., & MacIver, M. A. (2008). Active electrolocation for underwater target localization. International Journal of Robotics Research, 27(5), 529-548.
Snyder, J.B., Nelson, M.E., Burdick, J. W., MacIver, M.A. (2007) Omnidirectional sensory and movement volumes in electric fish. PLoS Biology 5(11): e301.
Nelson, M.E. and MacIver, M.A. (2006) Sensory acquisition in active sensing systems. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 192: 573-586.
MacIver, M.A., Fontaine, E., Burdick, J. W. (2004) Designing future underwater vehicles: principles and mechanisms of the weakly electric fish. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering 29(3):651-659.