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Spring 2014 GRASP Seminar: Al Rizzi, Boston Dynamics, “Legged Robotics at Boston Dynamics”

February 14, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


 Only about half the Earth’s landmass is accessible to wheeled and  tracked vehicles, yet people and animals can go almost everywhere on foot. Our goal is to develop novel locomotion systems that can go anywhere people and animals go. The systems we build combine dynamic control systems, actuated mechanisms and sensing to travel on terrain that is too rocky, sandy, muddy, snowy, wet or steep for existing conventional vehicles. This presentation will discuss progress at Boston Dynamics in building such systems, including WildCat, LS3, Atlas, RHex, PETMAN and others.


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Al Rizzi has been the Chief Robotics Scientist at Boston Dynamics, a company that develops some of the world’s most sophisticated dynamic robots, including WildCat, LS3, BigDog, Atlas, Petman and others. These robots combine advanced locomotion control systems with innovative mechanical designs and are designed to enable travel on rough terrain. Prior to joining Boston Dynamics in 2006, he was an Associate Research Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he directed research projects focused on hybrid sensor-based control of complex and distributed dynamical systems. Dr. Rizzi received the Sc.B, degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University in 1990 and 1994 respectively.


February 14, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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