Professor Bill Sellers
The University of Manchester, UK
Bill Sellers is a Professor of Natural Science at the University of Manchester where he researches the use of robotic simulation techniques for understanding animal biomechanics. His first degree was in zoology from the University of Cambridge, and he did his PhD on primate locomotion at the University of Liverpool. He uses machine learning to generate control systems that allow anatomically realistic digital twins to produce spontaneous gait patterns that match those recorded experimentally. He has used this approach to answer a range of questions about animal locomotion in both living and fossil animals including human and non-human primates, birds, turtles, spiders, dinosaurs, and plesiosaurs. He has also done a range of experimental and field studies on animal locomotion and vertebrate palaeontology.