This Legged Robotics Task Group was formed in February 2020 to provide a central organising hub to bring together UK academics in the emerging field of dynamic walking robots. Funding is generously provided by UK-RAS – an academic leadership body for the UK Robotics.
We intend to form a collective body of academics, researchers and industrial partners in legged and mobile robotics in the UK, host public engagement events in 2020, and catalyze potential emerging industrial sectors for assisted living, warehouse logistics, construction and more.
By hosting the proposed events, we aim to underpin the UK’s potential for autonomous legged & mobile robotics and educate early career research students in the field.
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Michael Mistry is a Professor and Personal Chair of Robotics at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. Michael’s research focuses on the principles behind dexterous movement and control in robots and humans, particularly in environmental contact. This work spans operational space control, redundancy resolution, stochastic optimal control, and dynamics model learning and has been applied to compliant legged locomotion and manipulation for mining, offshore energy and the nuclear industries. Previously, Michael was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, a postdoc at the Disney Research Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, a researcher at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Lab in Kyoto, Japan, and a Phd student in Stefan Schaal’s CLMC lab at the University of Southern California.
Christian Gehring is co-founder and CTO of ANYbotics and leads the product development. He holds a doctorate in robotics from ETH Zurich. In his research, Christian focused on advancing the skills of legged robots in collaboration with Disney Research Zurich.
Simon Watson is a Senior Lecturer in Robotic Systems in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research focus is on mobile robots for the exploration and characterisation of hazardous and extreme environments. Active areas of research include novel platform design, communications, control, localisation, sensing and navigation. His current research portfolio includes developing aquatic, wheeled and legged robots for the nuclear industry and aerial robots for the power generation and mining industries.
Edinburgh and Oxford University Quadruped Robotics Researchers after ORCA Hub Industry Demonstration in ORI, Blyth, October 2019