Nicholas J. Kohut

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Rapid and consistent turning of running legged robots on surfaces with moderate friction is challenging due to leg slip and uncertain dynamics. A tail is proposed as a method to effect turns at higher yaw frequencies than can be obtained by differential velocity drive of alternate sides. Here we introduce a 100 mm scale dynamic robot - OctoRoACH - with(More)
This work presents the design, fabrication, capabilities, and obstacle traversal mechanics of MEDIC (Millirobot Enabled Diagnostic of Integrated Circuits), a small legged robot able to overcome a varied array of obstacles. MEDIC features a hull that keeps its body in contact with the ground at all times, and uses only four actuators to move forward, turn,(More)
This paper presents a six-legged, sprawl-tuned autonomous robot (STAR). This novel robot has a variable leg sprawl angle in the transverse plane to adapt its stiffness, height, and leg-to-surface contact angle. The sprawl angle can be varied from nearly positive 60 degrees to negative 90 degrees, enabling the robot to run in a planar configuration, upright,(More)
This paper presents a method for increasing fuel economy using traffic data and a model predictive controller. Using knowledge of the traffic ahead, a vehicle can react to changes in traffic density or speed before they happen, increasing the efficiency of a trip and providing valuable information to the driver. In particular, the traffic information is(More)
For maximum maneuverability, terrestrial robots need to be able to turn precisely, quickly, and with a small radius. Previous efforts at turning in legged robots primarily have used leg force or velocity modulation. We developed a palm-sized legged robot, called TAYLRoACH. The tailed robot was able to make rapid, precise turns using only the actuation of a(More)
Turning while running at high speeds remains a difficult task for legged robots, but this capability is crucial for maneuvering quickly in a real-world environment. In this work we present a 10 cm long novel robot, SailRoACH, the first running robot that uses aerodynamic forces to turn. We present a scale analysis of aerodynamic steering, showing this(More)
Palm sized legged robots show promise for military and civilian applications, including exploration of hazardous or difficult to reach places, search and rescue, espionage, and battlefield reconnaissance. However, they also face many technical obstacles, includingbut not limited toactuator performance, weight constraints, processing power, and power(More)
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