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a subsidiary of the Penn Engineering GRASP Lab

We are interested in the application of dynamical systems theory to the invention and construction of intelligent machines and systems, with a particular focus on biologically inspired robotics. Many of us have worked in robotics with emphasis on dynamical dexterity and the management of kinetic energy in designing machines capable of performing useful work on their bodies and environments. Others of us have worked on more abstract problems of control and coordination with the object of developing new methods of design and analysis toward the construction of such machines.


IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2014
January 30th, 2014
Daniel Koditschek, Vijay Kumar, Stefano Soatto and Avik De are organizing a full day workshop, “Opportunities and Challenges of Joint Inference and Control in Mobile Robotics” Saturday, May 31, 2014 (9:00–17:30) at ICRA 2014 which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Penn Engineering’s GRASP Lab and Wharton’s Mack Institute Take the Y-Prize Global
Sept. 30th, 2013
Contestants will be able to devise applications centered on three types of robots, including Koditschek’s ground-based robot, X-RHex, a six-legged platform inspired by cockroaches’ ability to quickly cross difficult terrain. X-RHex is able to carry and use a wide variety of sensors and actuators to complement its outstanding off-road mobility. More about the Y-Prize Competition. Join the competition!


Penn Researchers Strive for a More Athletic Robot
Aug. 13th, 2013
More interest in RHex with an Associated Press article and video on RHex, including interviews with both Aaron Johnson and Prof. Koditschek, as well as a WSJ interview.


RHex the Parkour Robot
July 23rd, 2013
A new video, article, and interview show off the robot’s parkour-like jumps, leaps, and flips, now taken out of the labortory and in stunning HD. A version of this video was presented at Dynamic Walking 2013.


ICRA 2013
May 9th, 2013
Two papers were presented at ICRA 2013, the first by Avik De on dynamic sensor management, and the second by Aaron Johnson on leaping with RHex for which Aaron was a finalist for Best Student Paper!


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