Robomechanics Lab - Information on my research group.
Prospective Students - Interested in working with me? Find opportunities here.
Locomotion Seminar - Subscribe to the CMU Locomotion Seminar group or look at the calendar.
Resources and Advice - Misc resources and advice for my students and anyone who is interested.
Black in Robotics Reading List September, 2020Black researchers are extremely under-represented in academic robotics. Together with Profs. Henny Admoni and Carlotta Berry, we have written an article in IEEE Spectrum Automation blog on how we can take actions to support our Black colleagues. This summer we published the Black in Robotics Reading List, in support of the recently formed Black in Robotics Organization, as a way to learn more about Black researchers and some of their publications in robotics. These small steps won't fix a system with systemic injustices, but they are a good way for all of us to get started.
Dynamic Walking 2020 January, 2020This year Prof. Michael Posa and I are co-hosting the Dynamic Walking Conference! The conference will be May 11-14 in the Poconos, at a fun venue in the mountains with lots of good activities. Abstracts are due February 21st and can be submitted online. This is the one conference that I try to attend every single year, and I look forward to learning about everyone's latest work in May!
New Projects on Fielding Legged Robots March, 2019I am excited to announce that the lab has received two new grants to take robots out into challenging terrain! The first is a Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office on climbing steep rocky hills. The second is a grant from company to explore and sample for environmental contaminants in soil around industrial sites. To help get these projects moving we are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher interested in taking robots out into the field -- if you are interested please contact Prof. Johnson.
MiniRHex Released December, 2018At long last we have officially released our small open-source version of RHex called MiniRHex. We originally designed MiniRHex for the Engineering@CMU program for high school students so that we could bring a fleet of robots into the classroom and let students have more hands-on time than is possible with one or two larger robots. However, MiniRHex has also turned out to be a great research platform since it is much smaller and easier to work with than other robots while still having interesting dynamics and an impressive payload capacity. Check out our video and this article about the robot.
Robots That Can Go Anywhere
Interview and overview of my current research in the Robomechanics Lab, featuring many of my current students.
Robot Design and Experimentation
Summary of my spring class, 24-775 Robot Design & Experimentation, with student projects from 2018 available here.
RHex the Parkour Robot
X-RHex Lite running, leaping, and doing backflips around Penn's campus, using behaviors first presented at ICRA 2013, and featured in several videos.