Marco Hutter

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This paper introduces StarlETH, a compliant quadrupedal robot that is designed to study fast, efficient, and versatile locomotion. The platform is fully actuated with high compliant series elastic actuation, making the system torque controllable and at the same time well suited for highly dynamic maneuvers. We additionally emphasize key elements of a(More)
This paper introduces the mechanical design and the control concept of the Series Compliant Articulated Robotic Leg ScarlETH which was developed at ETH Zurich for fast, efficient, and versatile locomotion. Inspired by biological systems, we seek to achieve this through large compliances in the joints which enable natural dynamics, allow temporary energy(More)
We present different approaches for accelerating the process of continuous collision detection for deformable triangle meshes. The main focus is upon the collision detection for simulated virtual clothing, especially for situations involving a high number of contact points between the triangle meshes, such as multi-layered garments. We show how the culling(More)
This paper introduces a state estimation framework for legged robots that allows estimating the full pose of the robot without making any assumptions about the geometrical structure of its environment. This is achieved by means of an Observability Constrained Extended Kalman Filter that fuses kinematic encoder data with on-board IMU measurements. By(More)
In this paper, we are presenting a method to estimate terrain properties (such as small-scale geometry or surface friction) to improve the assessment of stability and the guiding of foot placement of legged robots in rough terrain. Haptic feedback, expressed through joint motor currents and ground contact force measurements that arises when prescribing a(More)
This paper introduces the concept of hybrid operational space control, a method that unifies kinematic tracking of individual joints with an inverse dynamics task space controller for the remainder of the robot. The proposed control strategy allows for a hierarchical task decomposition while simultaneously regulating the inner forces between the contact(More)
An articulated leg for the use in a running robot is presented. It is driven by series elastic actuation with a highly compliant spring at the knee joint to exploit periodic energy storage and passively support a running motion. The spring is connected with the knee motor by a cable pulley system, which allows the advantageous placement of the motor in the(More)
Quadrupedal animals move through their environments with unmatched agility and grace. An important part of this is the ability to choose between different gaits in order to travel optimally at a certain speed or to robustly deal with unanticipated perturbations. In this paper, we present a control framework for a quadrupedal robot that is capable of(More)
SLIP models are generally known as one of the best and simplest abstractions describing the spring-like leg behavior found in human and animal running, and have thus been subject to exhaustive investigation. To exploit these findings in real robots, we utilize an operational space controller that projects the behavior of the SLIP model onto the dynamics of(More)
Drawing inspiration from nature, this paper introduces and compares two compliant robotic legs that are able to perform precise joint torque and position control, enable passive adaption to the environment, and allow for the exploitation of natural dynamic motions. We report in detail on the design and control of both prototypes and elaborate specifically(More)