Exhibitors 2018

Walk this way: humans and bipedal robots
Walk this way: humans and bipedal robots

Walk this way: humans and bipedal robots

Come learn about the science behind human locomotion through walking robots. With every step we take, we lose some energy every time our heel hits the ground. Then we need to add energy to compensate for this energy loss. The passive walker regains energy through potential energy by walking down a ramp, and the active walker gains energy by pushing off the ground. Then the robot body (and ours as well!) simply travels over the leg on the ground, very much like an inverted pendulum. Come play with both of these robots and learn about how we walk!

Walk this way: humans and bipedal robots

Amy R. Wu, Matthew A. Robertson

Amy R. Wu is a postdoctoral researcher in the Biorobotics Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland). She works on Symbitron, a multinational and multidisciplinary project to help paraplegics regain mobility with wearable exoskeletons driven by bio-inspired neuromuscular controllers, and RoboCom++ to develop better haptic interfaces with mobile robots. Her research interests are in biomechanics and control of balance and locomotion to build better assistive technologies. She will be an assistive professor in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University (Canada) in January 2019.

Matthew A. Robertson is a PhD candidate in the Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory (RRL) at EPFL, currently active in the fields of Soft Robotics and Wearable Devices. His research involves the design, development, and characterization of new soft-material-based actuators, along with their unique application in versatile robotic systems. Beyond this current focus, Matthew is also generally interested in dynamic robotic legged locomotion, and mechanically-informed heuristic control strategies. Prior to entering his PhD program, he worked as a research engineer with a startup company designing, fabricating, and testing advanced robotic prosthetic devices.

  H35 (pav. 5) - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

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