Decision and Control Lecture Series
Coordinated Science Laboratory
“Design paradigm shift toward mobile robots"
Director, Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CSL Auditorium BO2
Title: Design paradigm shift toward mobile robots
We are entering the new era of mobile robots. In particular, recent technological advances in legged robots is widening the range of application of robots and increasing the potential to use robots for elderly care and disaster situations. Unlike the manufacturing applications focusing on accuracy in position-tracking, these new mobiles robot applications require a different set of mechanical/software design requirements including impact mitigation and contact force control. The talk will discuss the new robot design paradigm for these emerging robotic applications focusing on the actuator characteristics. As an example of such paradigm, the MIT Cheetah will be introduces. The MIT cheetah is capable of running upto 6m/s at animals' efficiency and capable of jumping over a 40cm-high obstacle autonomously. The critical aspect of the robot is new approach in actuation design and controller framework.
Prof. Sangbae Kim, is the director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on the bio-inspired robotic platform design by extracting principles from complex biological systems. Kim’s achievements on bio-inspired robot development include the world‘s first directional adhesive inspired from gecko lizards, and a climbing robot, Stickybot, that utilizes the directional adhesives to climb smooth surfaces featured in TIME’s best inventions in 2006. The MIT Cheetah achieves stable outdoor running at an efficiency of animals, employing biomechanical principles from studies of best runners in nature. This achievement was covered by more than 200 articles. He is a recipient of King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award (2008), DARPA YFA(2013), and NSF CAREER (2014) award.
***Please join us for coffee and snack in 154 CSL at 2:30pm before the seminar***