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  Research :: Biologically-Inspired Locomotion

Animals walk, run, jump, swim, dart, glide, and hover with ease. Most robots and machines hardly compare to their biological counterparts in terms of agility, manueverability, stealth, efficiency, and robustness. Perhaps a better understanding of animals could lead to more competent mechanical counterparts.

Researchers at IHMC are developing improved models of animal locomotion including bipedal and quadrupedal walking and running. These models are inspired by and strive to capture the control strategies that are found in biology. They also incorporate an understanding of the dynamics of locomotion and control theory.

Besides leading to better robots, improved models of locomotion will also enable wearable robots (exoskeletons), powered prosthetics, algorithms for walking via functional electrical stimulation, and other human enhancing technologies.