BigDog is a quadruped robot designed to operate in rough terrain. It has hiked in rocky, muddy, sandy and snowy terrain, traveled 12 miles without stopping and followed a human leader visually. This talk will give an overview of BigDog, describe progress so far, and outline plans for what is coming next.
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About the speaker:
Marc Raibert is a former MIT Professor who founded the Boston Dynamics Corporation. Boston Dynamics is an engineering company that specializes in building dynamic robots and software for human simulation. The company began as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where National Academy of Engineering member Marc Raibert and his colleagues first developed robots that ran and maneuvered like animals. They founded the company in 1992, and their ground-breaking work continues to inspire several of the company's activities. Today the company creates a variety of innovative robots, including BigDog, a quadruped robot for travel on rough-terrain, PETMAN, an anthropomorphic robot for testing equipment, RISE, a robot that climbs vertical surfaces, SquishBot, a shape-changing chemical robot that moves through tight space, and many others.