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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.


Video Friday: What Happens in Kod*lab?
March 16th, 2016
Kod*lab is featured on IEEE “Video Friday:What Happens in Kod*lab?”. Undergraduates working in Kod*lab are important to the lab’s success in building robots and advancing research. The students’ experiences have often led to undergraduate-authored refereed publications and exciting careers in robotics. Kod*lab’s recent undergraduate research assistants, Shafag Idris ’15, Electrical and Systems Engineering, and Justin Starr ’15, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, share their experiences and insight while working in Kod*lab and post-graduation plans.


Penn’s Robotics Specialization on Coursera
February 16th, 2016
This MOOC Specialization consists of six courses that will introduce the learner to how robots sense and reason about the world in which they live, how they plan three-dimensional movements in a dynamic environment and how they fly or run while adapting to uncertainties in the environment. Upcoming session: Mar 14 — Apr 18, 2016. READ MORE


Daniel Koditschek Receives 2016 IEEE RAS Pioneer Award
February 16th, 2016
Daniel Koditschek, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE RAS Pioneer Award for his seminal contributions to the mathematical and empirical foundations of robotics, leadership in robotics research and inspired mentorship of the next generation of roboticists. READ MORE


IROS 2015
November 6th, 2015
Anna Brill presented the paper “Tail-Assisted Rigid and Compliant Legged Leaping” at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2015) in Hamburg, Germany in September 2015. Anna was an undergraduate researcher with Kodlab 2013 – 2015 and is currently on leave at the Museum of Science and Industry for the Robot Revolution exhibition where she is one of three robot specialists.


Unveiling the Jerboa: a new tailed bipedal robot
April 7th, 2015
The Jerboa is a 12DOF, passive-compliant legged, tailed biped actuated by four brushless DC motors. We anticipate that this robot will be capable of executing a broad range of locomotion tasks including sitting, standing, walking, hopping, running, turning, leaping, and more. The first behavior we are researching is tail-energized planar hopping, which showcases a novel use for a robotic tail. The attached video describes how the control strategy is developed as a parallel composition of decoupled templates.


Recursive, Distributed MST

RSS 2014, WAFR 2014
February 6, 2015
Omur Arslan presented the paper “A Recursive, Distributed Minimum Spanning Tree Algorithm for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks” at 2014 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS2014), CarNet Workshop, in Berkeley, California and paper “Navigation of Distinct Euclidean Particles via Hierarchical Clustering” at International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics 2014 (WAFR2014) in Istanbul, Turkey.


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