Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A06. Introduction to Walking

The demonstrable ease with which human beings slowly traverse by means of walking severe topographies or saunter along coastal footpaths belies the complexity and benefits of the endeavor. We will define what walking is, explore how walking is achieved in a bipedal context, investigate contemporary and historical walking praxes; and analyze collected geospatial walking data. Topics include gait theories, paths of particular import foreign and domestic, control architectures for embodied autonomous systems, constitutionals, models and simulations of pedestrian behavior, associated spiritual and meditative practices, walkability metrics, labyrinthine fabrication, military marches, algorithmic approaches to activity detection, urban planning and the parks movement, and participatory terrestrial locomotion.

Tom ArmstrongTom Armstrong
Associate Professor of Computer Science