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Spring 2012 GRASP Seminar: Jonathan Clark, FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, “Design of Dynamic Multi-Modal Legged Locomotors”

February 24, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Despite substantial progress in robotic systems over the
past couple of decades, animals continue to set the standard for locomotion
prowess in unknown and cluttered environments, whether they are natural or
man-made.   Finely tuned legged systems
that explicitly exploit their body’s natural dynamics have begun to rival
specific performance criteria, such as speed over smooth terrain, of the most
accomplished biological systems.  Our
ability, however to mimic their ability to operate in a multi-modal fashion
(running, climbing, leaping, flying, and/or crawling, etc.) severely limits our
locomotive ability in complex environments. 
In this talk I will address some of the issues associated with the
design of these systems, including identifying and anchoring appropriate
low-dimensional dynamic models and efficient exploitation of available onboard
power for fast and stable locomotion. 


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Jonathan Clark received his BS in Mechanical Engineering
from Brigham Young University and his MS and PhD. from Stanford University
where he worked on the design of dynamic multi-legged running systems,
including the Sprawl family of robots.
From 2004-2007 he worked as an IC Postdoctoral Fellow on climbing robots
at the GRASP lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2007 Dr. Clark has been employed at the
FAMU/FSU College of engineering as an assistant professor in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering and currently serves as the associate director of the
Center of Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCOR).


February 24, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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