Bicycle & Motorcycle Dynamics 2023

Symposium on the Dynamics and Control of Single Track Vehicles
18-20 October 2023, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Keynote Announcement: Dr. Arend L. Schwab

We are happy to announce our second keynote talk for BMD 2023: Dr. Arend L. Schwab from Delft University of Technology. Dr. Schwab has contributed to significant advances in bicycle dynamics and control research for the last 25 years.

Dr. Arend L. Schwab, Emeritus of Delft University of Technology


Bicycle Dynamics and Control: A 'Sleeping Beauty'


In this presentation I will briefly look back at 125 years of research on bicycle dynamics and control. After which I will quickly move on to more timely questions and problems in cycling research.


Dr. Schwab is the founder of the TUDelft Bicycle Lab and has been running that until my recent retirement from TUDelft. I'm in theoretical and applied mechanics and I teach mechanics and multibody dynamics. I am interested in Dynamics of Mechanical Systems, the so-called Multibody Dynamics. In particular the treatment of contact phenomena like in collisions and rolling (non-holonomic constraints) have my special interest. I also know more or less about dynamics of flexible multibody system, finite element method, biomechanics, legged locomotion, speed skating and bicycle dynamics and rider control. My degrees are from Engineering at Dordrecht (BSc 1979) and at Delft (MSc 1983, PhD 2002).