My name is Will Bosworth and I’m a PhD candidate at the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. I’m a Research Assistant at the Newman Lab for Biomechanics & Human Rehabilitation with Prof Neville Hogan, and I work with Prof Sangbae Kim’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab on the DARPA funded MIT Cheetah robot project. My research spans the modelling, design, and control of robot limbs for intermittent contact—an activity intrinsic to behaviors such as grasping (with arms/hands) and locomotion (with legs/feet).
Recently, I built the Super Mini Cheetah quadrupedal robot, the first light-weight and inexpensive quadruped to perform a library of behaviors such as jumping, bounding, turning, walking, and stopping. Today, there are ~10 legged robots that can perform reliable dynamic locomotion. I expect this machine or machines like it will drastically increase access to dynamic legged locomotion research and play.
The SMC Robot has made appearences at the MIT Deflorez competition, the 2015 AMAM conference, the 2015 Dynamic Walking conference, the NERVE Center at UMass Lowell and the 2015 MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition. In general, it can be found wandering around MIT and Killian Court — come check it out sometime!
The SMC robot was made possible with engineering contributions from Jonas Whitney, Debbie Ajilo, Michael Farid, Hans Susillo and Michael Chuah.
bosworth at mit dot edu
77 Massachusetts Ave
MIT Bldg 3-143
Cambridge MA, 02139