Abstract:   More than 50 percent of the earth’s landmass is terrain that is too rough for the wheeled vehicles to access! This is one of the reasons that scientists are trying to develop legged robots, which unlike wheeled vehicles can use isolated footholds that optimize support and traction. However, controlling legged robots in a way that they are stable and at the same time have a high level of mobility is known to be very difficult. This is mostly due to a lack in theory rather than technology!

In this talk, I explain the problem of bipedal robot control and some of the methods that have been used to solve the problem. I show some videos of MABEL, a biped robot at University of Michigan. Also, I will show the simulations of a three dimensional robot I’ve been working on recently. 

Speaker:  Hamed Razavi
Institution:  University of Michigan

Date:  Wednesday, March 20, 2013 
Location:  4088 East Hall (3:10 PM to 4:00 PM)