Researchers Demonstrate Bipedal Robots that Can Walk over Uneven Terrain

Published by , July 2, 2018 1:02 pm

(InterestingEngineering)  Robots with legs can be considered more versatile than their counterparts on wheels which have a hard time navigating through uneven terrain. Recently, labs at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University demonstrated the ATRIAS robot that can walk on stepping stones, even when stones are of different heights and were randomly placed.
Quan Nguyen and Ayush Agrawal from Carnegie Mellon and UC Berkeley explain why it is so difficult, “Designing control algorithms that can handle discrete footholds (like rubble or stepping stones) is challenging, because there are strict constraints on foot placement that can’t be violated and complex dynamical equations govern the motion of these systems.”

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