Marc Raibert

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Less than half the Earth's landmass is accessible to existing wheeled and tracked vehicles. But people and animals using their legs can go almost anywhere. Our mission at Boston Dynamics is to develop a new breed of rough-terrain robots that capture the mobility, autonomy and speed of living creatures. Such robots will travel in outdoor terrain that is too(More)
BigDog is a four legged robot with exceptional rough-terrain mobility. In this paper, we equip BigDog with a laser scanner, stereo vision system, and perception and navigation algorithms. Using these sensors and algorithms, BigDog performs autonomous navigation to goal positions in unstructured forest environments. The robot perceives obstacles, such as(More)
  • Marc Raibert
  • 2010 10th IEEE-RAS International Conference on…
  • 2010
Only about half the Earth's landmass is accessible to wheeled and tracked vehicles, yet people and animals can go almost everywhere on foot. Our goal is to harness the power of legs to create robot vehicles that can go where legged animals and people can go. These systems combine dynamic control systems, actuated mechanisms and a variety of sensors to(More)
  • Marc Raibert
  • 1977 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control…
  • 1977
By considering parameterization of the equations of motion for a manipulater, divergent procedures for control involving analytical expressions and table look-up can be examined in the same light. Each approach represents at different point on a continuum characterized by the indicator P, the number of parametric variables. As P increases storage(More)
A renewed focus on robotics as part of national R&D has been proposed. As part of this, the concept of Co-Workers, Co-Inhabitants and Co-Defenders, or Co-X for short, has been introduced as focal points for R&D. The concept is based on a need for tighter integration between perception and action generation to have a higher degree of flexibility.(More)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We thank Ron Williams for having the vision to undertake the CANDY project. We are also grateful to Frederick Brooks, Jr. of UNC Chapel Hill, whose suggestion of videotaping the trials led to several insights. The decomposition of the two-dimensional problem into its one-dimensional components is an idea borrowed from Marc Raibert [11].(More)
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