Honors Program

[Honors-in-Discipline (Choose below)], Honors in Technology

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Gregory Marlow

Thesis Professor Department

Digital Media

Thesis Reader(s)

Marty Fitzgerald, Sarit Somasa


The topic that I have been studying for this thesis concerns the locomotion of quadruped animals. More specifically, my goal was to study how quadrupeds, such as canines or felines, move and then compare that movement to individuals of the same species, except adding in a factor such as a limp or the removal of an entire limb. I wanted to see how that affected their balance and their gait among other things. Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there for me to study the differences. Between videos online, living with dogs and cats at home, and semi-regularly volunteering at an animal rescue sanctuary, I have been able to amass a sizeable amount of data to determine both how these animals move regularly, and how injuries or the complete loss of a limb affects their movement. I have studied four different types of quadruped walk-cycles and then further studied them to see how various limb injuries affect how they get from point a to point b. Afterwards, I applied what I learned by animating a cycles that capture how the quadruped normally moves and then also animating a cycle where the quadruped has limited ability with one of its limbs.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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