James P. Schmiedeler

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Intelligent controllers are being used with increasing effectiveness on complex systems. This work verifies the effectiveness of fuzzy control, an intelligent method, on a single, articulated-leg that was designed to be used on a high-speed galloping quadruped. Intelligent methods are compared to other control methods in simulation and on the OSU DASH(More)
— This paper presents a new definition of stable walking—that is not necessarily periodic—for a class of biped robots. The inspiration for the definition is the commonly-held notion of stable walking: the biped does not fall. To make the definition useful, an algorithm is given to verify if a given controller induces stable walking. Also given is a(More)
Previous studies have noted that biological quadrupeds adjust their gaits when encountering drag in their locomotion. This paper investigates the hypothesis that these gait adjustments allow the legs to operate at an optimal working length when generating thrust. A 5-DoF dynamic model of a quadruped having a rigid trunk and massless legs is formulated. This(More)
—The effect of asymmetrical body-mass distribution on the stability and dynamics of two-degree-of-freedom quadruped bounding in place is investigated in this study. An analytical stability criterion for bounding of quadrupeds with asymmetrical mass distribution is developed. Bounding is found to be passively stable in the Hamiltonian sense when the(More)
Seventy-nine young, healthy adults were led through static balance and weight-shifting activities in order to study the effects of visual feedback on balance. Based on their performance, the relative effects of various feedback properties were analyzed: (1) arrangement [direct center of pressure (CoP) vs. lateral weight distribution feedback], (2) numbers(More)
The relative motion of the brain with respect to the skull has been widely studied to investigate brain injury mechanisms under impacts, but the motion patterns are not yet thoroughly understood. This work analyzes brain motion patterns using the most recent and advanced experimental relative brain/skull motion data collected under low-severity impacts.(More)
Seventy-five young, healthy adults completed a lateral weight-shifting activity in which each shifted his/her center of pressure (CoP) to visually displayed target locations with the aid of visual CoP feedback. Each subject's CoP data were modeled using a single-link inverted pendulum system with a spring-damper at the joint. This extends the simple(More)