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300tube TEDx Talks   16 March, 2016

Walking and Running: Bio-Inspired Robotics | Jonathan Hurst | TEDxOregonStateU


Imagine a world in which robots interact wth us on a daily basis, where seeing a robot walking down the street is no longer the realm of science fiction. This reality is closer than it appears and according to Oregon State University researcher Jonathan Hurst, science fiction will soon become science fact.

Jonathan W. Hurst is an Associate Professor of Robotics in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, as well as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Agility Robotics. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in robotics, all from Carnegie Mellon University. His university research focuses on understanding the fundamental science and engineering best practices for legged locomotion. Investigations range from numerical studies and analysis of animal data, to simulation studies of theoretical models, to designing, constructing, and experimenting with legged robots for walking and running.

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