The Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture

  • Gates&Hillman Centers
  • Rashid Auditorium 4401
  • Chief Technical Officer & Director
  • Boston Dynamics
SCS Distinguished Lectures

Walk, Bound, Gallop, Climb

Dynamic robots with advanced control systems and high-performance mechanical designs are leaving the laboratory and entering the world.  They can operate in rough terrain, where most existing vehicles that use wheels and tracks can not go.  In this talk I will give a status report on the robots we are developing at Boston Dynamics, such as LS3, the DARPA-funded follow-on to BigDog, Cheetah, a fast-running quadruped, and Atlas, an anthropomorphic robot designed to explore real-world tasks.


Marc Raibert is CTO and founder of Boston Dynamics, a company that develops some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots, such as BigDog, Atlas, Cheetah, SandFlea and the AlphaDog. These robots are inspired by the remarkable ability of animals to move with agility, mobility, speed and grace. Before starting Boston Dynamics, Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT from 1986 to 1995. Before that he was Associate Professor of Computer Science and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon from 1980 to 1986. While at MIT and Carnegie Mellon Raibert founded the Leg Laboratory, a lab that helped establish the scientific basis for highly dynamic legged robots. Raibert earned a PhD from MIT in 1977. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Faculty Host: Matthew Mason

The Yata Memorial Lecture in Robotics is part of the School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series.  Teruko Yata was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robotics Institute from 2000 until her untimely death in 2002. After graduating from the University of Tsukuba, working under the guidance of Prof. Yuta, she came to the United States. At Carnegie Mellon, she served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Robotics Institute for three years, under Chuck Thorpe. Teruko's accomplishments in the field of ultrasonic sensing were highly regarded and won her the Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 1999. It was frequently noted, and we always remember, that "the quality of her work was exceeded only by her kindness and thoughtfulness as a friend." Join us in paying tribute to our extraordinary colleague and friend through this most unique and exciting lecture.


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