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RiSE V2 performing an untethered vertical climb of a 3-story building, March 2006. RiSE uses microspine toes on its feet to attach to surfaces such as stucco or brick.

The RiSE Climbing Robot

in collaboration with Boston Dynamics, Inc., Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, U.C. Berkeley, and Lewis & Clark University


The goal of the RiSE project is to create a bioinspired climbing robot with the unique ability to walk on land and climb on vertical surfaces. Active research studies novel robot kinematics, precision-manufactured compliant feet and appendages, and advanced robot behaviors. This project is funded by the DARPA Biodynotics Program.

Our work within the Kod*lab on the RiSE project focuses on behavioral control of legged climbing, discovering how gait control methods can be applied for adverse scenarios in which feedback is a necessity in climbing. Combined with unique robotic mechanisms, our behavioral controllers have produced locomotion on a variety of outdoor climbing surfaces, such as trees, poles, stucco, and brick.

Robotic Platforms

  • RiSE V1 - the first generation prototype climbing machine
  • RiSE V2 - a hexapedal climbing robot for general use on both level ground and vertical domains
  • RiSE V3 - a quadrupedal climbing robot for rapid general outdoor climbing, as well as horizontal mobility
  • DynoClimber - a testbed for dynamic climbing behaviors, two legs, operates on test carpet wall
  • StickyBot - a testbed for dry adhesive panels, built by colleagues at Stanford University
  • SpinyBot - a testbed for microspine arrays, built by colleagues at Stanford University

RiSE V2 climbing a tree, using claws to attach to the coarse surface.

External Links

Media Appearances





Relevant Publications





  • Robotics in Scansorial Environments, SPIE Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII, 2005

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