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Two-Legged Robots Learn to Walk Like a Human

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Researchers working on bipedal robotics.

An international team of researchers are teaching two-legged robots how to walk like people.

Credit: Texas A&M University

An international team of researchers from seven institutions are teaching two-legged robots a stable, robust human way of walking as part of the KoroiBot project.

The researchers want to study human locomotion as precisely as possible and transfer that data to technical equipment with the help of new mathematical processes and algorithms. Their fields of expertise include robotics, mathematics, and cognitive sciences.

"One of the major challenges on the way is to enable robots to move on two legs in different situations, without an accident--in spite of unknown terrain and also with possible disturbances," says Heidelberg University professor Katja Mombaur.

As part of the KoroiBot project, the researchers will study the way humans walk on different surfaces and create mathematical models, with the goal of implementing their research in existing robots. The research results also will be fed into the planning of new design precepts for the next generation of robots.

The researchers also will investigate the way movement of humans and robots can be turned into mathematical models.

From Heidelberg University
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