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Spring 2013 GRASP Seminar: Sangbae Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Toward Highly Dynamic Locomotion : Actuation, Structure and Control of the MIT Cheetah Robot”

May 17, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Robot designers are increasingly searching for ideas from
biology. The talk will introduce such bio-inspired robots that
embody the hypothesized principles from the insights obtained by
animal studies. Through these examples, the intricate processes of
design principle extraction will be discussed. Current research in
the MIT biomimetics lab is centered on the development of a
cheetah-inspired running robot. Three major associated research
thrusts are optimum actuator design, biotensegrity
structure design, and the impluse-based control architecture for
stable galloping control. Each research component is guided
by biomechanics of runners such as dogs and cheetahs capable of
the fast traverse on rough and unstructured terrains.


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Sangbae Kim has been an Assistant Professor of Mechanical
Engineering at MIT since 2009. As the director of the Biomimetic
Robotics Laboratory, Sangbae is working at the convergence of
mechanical engineering, biology, and material science. His design
approaches focus on the design principles from complex biological
systems from understanding the difference between biological and
engineering requirements. Kim’s achievement on bio-inspired robot
development includes the world‘s first directional adhesive
inspiredfrom gecko lizards, and a climbing robot, Stickybot, that
utilizes the directional adhesives to climb smooth surfaces.
Stickybot was featured as one of the best inventions of 2006 by
TIME, and the papers on Stickybot won the best student paper award
at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation and Transactions on


May 17, 2013
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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