Kod*lab CF (carbon fiber) Minitaur was up and running for a full day of action welcoming visitors to learn about legged robotics. Mini-thumper, Minitaur’s hands-on demo sidekick, made its debut at the Festival to help illustrate leg springiness and ground reaction force.
Image: Shri Shastry, MEAM Robo Masters Student, left and Shivangi Misra, Robo Masters Student, right setting Minitaur up to meet visitors. PhD Student Abriana Stewart-Height in the background right directs them to keep some distance from the robot. Photo credit: Wei-Hsi Chen
Kumar Lab PhD student Daniel Mox demonstrated autonomous path planning and object avoidance.
PhD student Daniel Mox shares insights to how the robot moves. Photo credit: Wei-Hsi Chen
Photo credit: Wei-Hsi Chen
Visitors could program Spheros on Chromebooks to see if they could get the robot to roll through the maze.
Image: Jeremy Wang, Research Staff in GRASP’s Machine Shop at Pennovation, helps a youth code. Photo credit: Wei-Hsi Chen
Image: Stephen Phillips, a PhD student with Kostas Daniilidis, helps visitors with the Spheros.
Younger visitors played with LEGOs and created their vision of a society changed by robotics.
The Nomadic Monument for Women in Robotics returned for a second year to the Festival and features several GRASP related roboticists, including GRASP founder Ruzena Bajcsy. Two amazing Science Festival volunteers pictured below read up on the featured pioneers in the dome and then provided tours to its visitors.