There will be an IPAB seminar on Wednesday, 20th November at 11am in G.03, IF. Pastries will be served. Thomas Flayols will be speaking:
The Open Dynamic Robot Initiative project
In this talk we will present the Open Dynamic Robot Initiative project, a quadruped torque controlled robot project initiated by the Max Planck Institute of Tubingen and conducted in collaboration with New York University and LAAS CNRS.
More and more robots are being designed, taking advantage of recent technological advances that enable powerful,compact and backdrivable actuators. Combined with motor control electronic and additive manufacturing techniques, the construction of lightweight, high-performance robots has never been so accessible. At the same time, mechatronic design requires a high level of expertise in a broad spectrum. Replicating high-performance platforms remains a challenge for teams specialized in planning or control. Commercial solutions tend to limit access to the low level, which is debilitating for a research activity.
The ODRI project is aiming at providing an open source and open hardware design to be replicated by any researcher team. The robot distinguishes itself by its robustness, its ability to execute highly dynamic motions and to be operated safely by a single researcher.
Thomas Flayols is a post-doc at LAAS-CNRS in the Gepetto group, where the graduated from his PhD in 2018. Before that he graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS) with a Master Degree in Embedded Systems and Industrial Computing.
His research interest focuses on force control of legged robots for locomotion and stabilization. He has a particular interest in experimental validation of estimation and control techniques. He is also a mechatronic engineer attached to open hardware design applied to actuation and perception for robotic.
Currently, he is actively contributing to the design of the open source quadruped robot ODRI initiated by the MPI of Tübingen.