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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.


KodLab on IEEE Spectrum’s Video Friday two weeks in a row!
December 11th, 2014
Video documentation from KodLab’s research trip with RHex and collaborators from USDA Agricultural Research Service and University of Nevada Desert Research Institute to the Jornada and White Sands deserts in November and our trip to the Recycled Artist-in-Residence RAIR on November 21st made appearances on IEEE Spectrum’s Video Friday, a weekly blog of videos of robotics, on 11/21/14 and 12/5/14 respectively.


TOBI Robot at Department of Making & Doing
October 7th, 2014
Tobi (Teaching Oriented Bio-Inspired) robot is a friendly walking robot with four legs developed at Kodlab. On Wednesday, October 15thThe DM&D is hosting a workshop where you get to use Tobi to create a physically-programmed piece of performance art or tell a story. Come find out where art meets robotics! Space is limited.


Kod*lab Undergraduate Research
July 23rd, 2014
Kod*lab has seven undergraduates working as research assistants in the lab this summer - Shafag Idris, Ahmed Zahra, Anna Brill Ben Kramer, Mitch Folgelson, Jordan Martin, and REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Jordan White and Aaron Effron. They are all paired with a PhD student for a mentor to work on research projects and are all keeping weekly research journals on our wiki. To see some of the cool stuff they doing, check out Kodlab’s Tumblr.


ICRA 2014, Dynamic Walking 2014, ISER 2014
July 17th, 2014
Avik De presented the paper “Active Sensing for Dynamic, Non-holonomic, Robust Visual Servoing” at ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong and the paper “Planar Hopping with a Leg and a Tail” at Dynamic Walking in Zurich. Gavin Kenneally also presented a paper “Kinematic Leg Design for an Electromechanical Robot” at ICRA 2014. Jeff Duperret presented the paper “Towards a Comparative Measure for Legged Agility” at ISER 2014, in Marrakesh, Morocco.


RHex at National Robotics Week, Museum of Science and Industry
April 4–6, 2014
Sonia Roberts (doctoral program, 2nd year), Anna Brill (undergrad, ‘16), and Kevin Alcedo (undergrad, ‘15) traveled with three robots to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago to celebrate National Robotics Week at their Robot Block Party and announce our involvement with a new Museum exhibit, Robot Revolutions. Two copies of RHex, the Parkour robot, demonstrated how great six c-shaped legs are for going over all kinds of terrain, while TRHex (Teaching RHex), the new educational robot hexapod currently being developed by master’s student Emily Plumb (‘14) as part of the Y-Prize challenge (and now at the time of posting the winner of the 2013–14 Y-Prize Competition!) let kids try out their own gaits on a smaller, friendlier robot. We had a lot of fun and look forward to coming back to Chicago soon!


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