Condylar Joints for Walking Robots

Felix Russell

Research questions

Can feedback from elastic ligaments in a condylar robotic joint be used in a controller to enhance joint function by improving positional accuracy, reducing stress in the mechanism, reducing energy consumption for walking or reducing the processing power required to maintain stability?

How does this link with current thinking about human neuromuscular control?

Can this type of joint be used to improve passive-dynamic walking robots? How can the joint geometry and the stiffness of the elastic ligaments be modified to get different performance characteristics?

Co-Investigators

Dr Peter Ellison, Junior Research Fellow, Medical Engineering, Imperial College London

Sponsors

UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Reasearch Council (EPSRC)