Control of Powered Segmented Legs for Humanoid and
Rehabilitation Robotics based on Neuromechanical Models of Human
(2011 - present)
The project goal is to develop bipedal robots that navigate
natural, uneven terrain with agility, speed and robustness to
disturbances. This project is a collaboration with the groups of Jonathan
Hurst (Oregon State University) and Jessy
Grizzle (University of Michigan). We combine our individual
expertise to follow a reproducible path from principled models of
legged locomotion to robotic implementation, feedback control, and
experimental verification (Figure 2). The project is funded by the
Maximum Mobility and Manipulation Program.
For details on the current state of the bipedal robots, visit the
project page of J Hurst's Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at
Oregon State University.
(2011 - present)
The project's research goals are to develop and implement a
biomechanically relevant, unified theory of legged dynamics that
spans walking and running, and to demonstrate this theory on a
bipedal robot. This project is a collaboration with the group of Jonathan
Hurst (Oregon State University). This research will further
principled models OF legged locomotion with human-like leg
dynamics, seek general insights into the manipulation of cyclic
hybrid dynamic systems for achieving different goal behaviors, and
verify and demonstrate this new scientific understanding with a
bipedal robot. Behavior manipulations will be approached using the
influence of parameters on the shape of the Poincare map in these
cyclic dynamic systems (Figure 3). Experimental verification on
the robot will demonstrate and refine the theoretical progress.
The project is funded by the NSF
Dynamical Systems Program.
(2010 - present)
The project's focus is on understanding and realizing automated swing leg placement into arbitrary target points on the ground (Figure 4), and on interpreting the identified control with human muscle reflexes. The project contributes to the broader goal of understanding the neuromuscular control of the lower limbs in human locomotion and to derive from this knowledge new approaches to controlling humanoid and prosthetic legs. The work is currently funded by the NSF ERC on Quality of Life Technologies.