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Tiny Limbs and Long Bodies: Coordinating Lizard Locomotion

 

Using biological experiments, robot models, and a geometric theory of locomotion from the 1980s, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated how and why intermediate lizard species, with their elongated bodies and short limbs, might use their bodies to move. Led by living systems physics professor Daniel Goldman, the research team studied body-limb coordination in a diverse sample of lizard bodies.

 

Ye Zhao Wins NSF CAREER Award

 

Ye and his team will use the funding to develop a novel task and motion planning framework for bipedal robotic locomotion interacting with complex environments. Prof. Zhao’s goal is to achieve safe and autonomous robot locomotion that will move legged robotic systems from the confines of research labs into real-world application domains such as disaster relief, first responder assistance, surveillance for civil and mechanical infrastructures, and use in agricultural environments.

 

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IRIM Overview

Robotics Research

The depth and breadth of IRIM breaks through disciplinary boundaries and allows for transformative research that transitions from theory to robustly deployed systems featuring next-generation robots. Fundamental research includes expertise in mechanics, control, perception, artificial intelligence and cognition, interaction, and systems. Our strategic research is organized around six main themes.

Core Research Facilities

The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech supports and facilitates the operation of several core research facilities on campus allowing our faculty, students and collaborators to advance the boundaries of robotics research.

Robotics Education

Georgia Tech offers an interdisciplinary path to an MS in Robotics, as well as the first Ph.D. program in robotics, to students enrolled in a participating school within either the College of Computing or the College of Engineering. A fully integrated, multidisciplinary experience, the M.S. & Ph.D. programs include both coursework and research with faculty members in various units across campus.

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IRIM & Industry

Our Industry Affiliates Program allows members to explore opportunities for research collaboration, facilities and services, consulting, student hiring, and other interactions. Whether you join as a strategic partner, an affiliate, or as a member of one of our customized consortia, your company will be supported through our work as a interdisciplinary group of robotics leaders.

IRIM & Outreach

The Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines (IRIM) participates in numerous K-12 STEM and community outreach activities related to robotics. Additionally, IRIM hosts tours throughout the year, and our student group, RoboGrads, participates in activities to raise awareness of the importance of robotics technology and stimulate interest in the field

Events Alerts

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Video Features

GTGraffiti: The Robot That Paints Like a Human

Tiny Limbs and Long Bodies: Coordinating Lizard Locomotion

Democratizing Robot Learning: Placing the Power of Robots in the Hands of End Users

 

Presented by Matthew Gombolay | Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Computing at the 2022 Multi-disciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making