July 02, 12pm UTC [Chair: Dimitrios Kanoulas; Moderator: Marko Bjelonic]
Speaker 11: Maurice Fallon - Principal Investigator, Oxford Robotics Institute
Title: Navigation Systems for Industrial Inspection with Quadruped robots
Abstract: Dynamic legged robots are moving out into the real world. We have reached a tipping point in which reliability and ruggedness of quadruped robots, in particular, is such that they are realistic alternative to wheeled robots. Case in point, in 2017, I co-founded (with Ioannis Havoutis) a legged robotics group with a specific focus on field demonstrations. In this talk I will discuss the science and technology we have been developing, with a particular focus on the ANYbotics ANYmal, as well as discussing several field demos on industrial sites.
Bio: Dr. Maurice Fallon is a Royal Society Research Fellow at the Oxford Robotics Institute, University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Information Engineering from University of Cambridge. From 2008-2012 he was a post-doc in the Marine Robotics Group working on robotics navigation. From 2012-2015 he was the perception lead of MIT’s team in the DARPA Robotics Challenge developing autonomy, state estimation and planning for the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot. His research is focused on probabilistic methods for localization and mapping and state estimation for legged robots and is also interested in dynamic motion planning and control.