Science Pub Portland: Designing Robots

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Designing Robots to Walk and Run with Jonathan Hurst, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University

Legged locomotion is a challenging physical interaction task: underactuation, unexpected impacts, and large and rapidly changing forces and velocities are commonplace. Designing passive dynamics and software control algorithms together in tight integration can drastically improve the performance of a machine. This design philosophy was recently demonstrated on ATRIAS, a bipedal spring-mass robot. ATRIAS walks using approximately 400W of power, accelerates to a run, handles large unexpected obstacles with no prior knowledge of the terrain, and is the first machine to reproduce the dynamics of a human walking gait. In this presentation, Dr. Hurst will explain his design philosophy, results with ATRIAS, current work on a successor robot Cassie, and plans for commercialization of this technology by Agility Robotics.

Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation | All ages welcome
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By: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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