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Invited Talk
Dynamic Legged Robots
Marc Raibert

Wed Dec 07 06:00 AM -- 06:50 AM (PST) @ Area 1 + 2

A new generation of high-performance robots is leaving the laboratory and entering the world. They operate in offices, homes and the field, where ordinary vehicles can not go. They use sensors to see the world around them in order to navigate, interact and understand. Their agility, dexterity, autonomy and intelligence are evolving in ways that promise to free us from the tasks that no human should have to perform. The presentation will give a status report on the work Boston Dynamics is doing to help develop advanced mobile manipulation robots.

Author Information

Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics)

Marc Raibert founded Boston Dynamics in 1992 as a spin-off from MIT. Boston Dynamics develops some of the world's most advanced dynamic robots, such as BigDog, Atlas, Cheetah and Spot. These robots are inspired by the remarkable ability of animals to move with agility, mobility, dexterity and speed. A key ingredient of these robots is their dynamic behavior, which contributes to their effectiveness in real-world tasks and their life-like qualities. Before starting Boston Dynamics, Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT from 1986 to 1995. Before that he was Associate Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon from 1980 to 1986. While at CMU and MIT Raibert founded the Leg Laboratory, a lab that helped establish the scientific basis for highly dynamic robots. Raibert has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2008.