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    Research Scientist
  Jerry Pratt (Ph.D., M.Eng., and B.S. degrees from M.I.T. in Computer Science and B.S. degree from M.I.T. in Mechanical Engineering) leads a research group at IHMC that concentrates around the understanding and modeling of human gait and the applications of that understanding in the fields of robotics, human assistive devices, and man-machine interfaces. Current projects include the design, construction and control of a 3D bipedal walking robot, learning humanoid push recovery strategies, locomotion of a quadrupedal robot over rough terrain, reconfigurable robots for urban environments, and exoskeletons for assisting individuals with spinal injuries. Before coming to IHMC, Jerry was the President of Yobotics, Inc., a small company that he cofounded in 2000. At Yobotics, Jerry helped develop the “RoboWalker”, a powered orthotic bracing system (an exoskeleton) that is intended to enhance the gait of individuals with disabilities, and allow one to carry large loads while hiking over rough terrain with little effort. Prior to founding Yobotics, Jerry worked at the M.I.T. Leg Laboratory, where he designed, built, and controlled several bipedal robots. His approach of maximizing speed, agility, and biological similarity through the understanding of biological counterparts, is helping to remove the stereotype of robots as being clunky, jerky-moving machines. Jerry’s hobbies include playing board games, football, basketball, and paintball.