Legged robotics is a new area of research that we have been building up within our group since 2012. The aim of our research is to develop the modelling, control, sensing and navigation capabilities for autonomous systems capable of traversing extreme environments (uneven, unstructured, unstable and otherwise difficult terrain, multi-type terrain) and complex confined spaces (industrial structures, underground structures) with the goal of providing remote in-situ sensing, mapping, sample acquisition and actuation.
Our research focuses on small to medium scale legged robots that are designed for outdoor and/or confined space environments, large scale ultra-light robots and evolutionary computing applied to legged locomotion. What makes Data61’s legged robots are unique:
Data61 have also designed and implemented the world’s first test-bed for evolving legged robot controllers in hardware, capable of perpetual operation with inbuilt error reporting, data logging, experiment scheduling and behaviour monitoring.