Taking Bipedal Walking Robots from Science Fiction to Science Fact
Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Wednesday, February 04, 2015|
4:00pm - 5:00pm
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About the Event
In Science Fiction, robots walk, run, and jump better than you. In reality, can you count on them to walk over rubble and pull you from a burning building? Not so much. This talk will show how the science of feedback systems is enhancing the ability to achieve highly dynamic locomotion in bipedal machines. The theory used in the talk will be amply illustrated with graphics and videos of our experiments to make the material accessible to a general audience. As an example, the lecture will use the kinetic sculpture of Theo Jansen to explain something called a “virtual constraint”.
Professor Grizzle's primary research interests lie in theoretical nonlinear control, with a firm commitment to demonstrating the power of theoretical results in practical applications. He jointly holds sixteen patents dealing with emissions reduction in passenger vehicles through improved control system design. Professor Grizzle's robotics work has been featured in The Economist, CNN, Animal Planet, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, and many other news outlets.
Open to: Public