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Monday, March 29, 2021 – 9:00AM to 10:00AM
Daniel J. Gonzalez ARL Postdoctoral Research Fellow
MEMS Seminar Series: Design and Control Principles enabling Wearable Robotic Super Limbs and Agile Robotic Teammates for Emergency Response
Speaker: Daniel J. Gonzalez Location: https://duke.zoom.us/j/98648496796
Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs, or SuperLimbs) and Agile Robotic Teammates can augment emergency response workers, who we entrust to work quickly and skillfully in extreme conditions. SRLs allow them to carry more equipment and carry out their jobs with a lower risk of injury. With the promise of useful, powerful, and helpful SRLs comes the need for each aspect of the robotic system to be designed with operator safety in mind. Unlike most industrial robots, which can be physically separated from people in engineered environments, SRLs are connected directly to the operator's body. Thus, operator safety must be carefully considered in every aspect of the design and control of a SuperLimb. Even better would be the case where the human would not need to don heavy equipment in the first place, and a highly maneuverable robot could take their place.
This talk will focus on the key design and control principles inspired by nature that enable two robotic systems for empowering emergency workers.