Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

I'm working as a postdoctoral researcher on biomechanics of insect flight with Professor Richard Bomphrey in Strucuture and Motion Laboratory.

The final goal of our current project, termed "Fly-by-Feel," is to decipher how the insects detects the mechanosensory inputs on their wings and how do they utilise them to control their flight. I'm currently working on modelling the insect wings using experimental and numerical methods, including high-speed recordings and 3D reconstruciton; micro-CT; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); and computational structural dynamics (CSD; sometimes also referred to as finite element analysis (FEA) when it's done with finite element methods (FEM)). It's a colloborative work with Dr. Huai-Ti Lin and Dr. Joseph M. Fabian from Imperial College London and Dr. Simon M. Walker from University of Leeds.

  1. Johansson, L. C., Maeda, M., Henningsson, P. & Hedenström, A. 2018 Mechanical power curve measured in the wake of pied flycatchers indicates modulation of parasite power across flight speeds. J. R. Soc. Interface 15, 20170814. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2017.0814)
  2. Maeda, M., Nakata, T., Kitamura, I., Tanaka, H. & Liu, H. 2017 Quantifying the dynamic wing morphing of hovering hummingbird. R. Soc. Open Sci. 4, 170307. (doi:10.1098/rsos.170307)
  3. Kolomenskiy, D., Maeda, M., Engels, T., Liu, H., Schneider, K. & Nave, J.-C. 2016 Aerodynamic Ground Effect in Fruitfly Sized Insect Takeoff. PLOS ONE 11, e0152072. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152072)
  4. Maeda, M. & Liu, H. 2013 Ground Effect in Fruit Fly Hovering: A Three-Dimensional Computational Study. J. Biomech. Sci. Eng. 8, 344–355. (doi:10.1299/jbse.8.344)
  5. Liu, H., Nakata, T., Gao, N., Maeda, M., Aono, H. & Shyy, W. 2010 Micro air vehicle-motivated computational biomechanics in bio-flights: aerodynamics, flight dynamics and maneuvering stability. Acta. Mech. Sin. 26, 863–879. (doi:10.1007/s10409-010-0389-5)
  6. Maeda, M., Gao, N., Nishihashi, N. & Liu, H. 2010 A free-flight simulation of insect flapping flight. J. Aero Aqua Bio-mech. 1, 71–79. (doi:10.5226/jabmech.1.71)
  7. Inada, Y., Maeda, M., Moriyama, T., Aono, H. & Liu, H. 2010 Numerical Analysis of Sound Generation and Transmission from Flapping Wings. J. Aero Aqua Bio-mech. 1, 99–103. (doi:10.5226/jabmech.1.99)
  • 2018-09-28: I have helped an event held in Natural History Museum in London "Planet 2.0 - European Researchers' Night," where I talked with people on the insect flight and offered insect-shaped handouts, which are laser-cutted from plywood.

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