“Toward the Robots of Science Fiction, ” by Aaron D. Ames, Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems, Caltech
Science fiction has long promised a world of robotic possibilities: from humanoid robots in our everyday lives, to wearable robotic devices that restore and augment human capabilities, to swarms of autonomous robotic systems forming the backbone of the cities of the future, to robots enabling exploration of the cosmos.
Achieving the promise of science fiction will require imbuing machines with the dynamic locomotion behaviors that humans display with deceptive ease—navigating everything from daily environments to uneven and uncertain terrain with efficiency and robustness.
This talk will present the first steps toward achieving this goal on bipedal and humanoid robots with the result being dynamic and efficient locomotion displaying the hallmarks of natural human walking. The translation of these ideas to robotic assistive devices along with a wide range of safety-critical systems will be demonstrated with a view toward realizing the robots of science fiction.
Learn more about:
– 2017 – 18 Watson Lecture Series Season: http://www.caltech.edu/master-calendar/public-events-series/all/2017-2018
– Advanced Mechanical Bipedal Experimental Robotics (AMBER) Lab: http://www.bipedalrobotics.com
– Professor Aaron D. Ames: http://ames.caltech.edu/
– This Lecture: https://outreach.caltech.edu/events/79311
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