MARLO walks elegantly on “stilts”.

Professor Jessy Grizzle’s bipedal robot MARLO is taking laps in the laboratory in preparation for walking outdoors. A new control algorithm developed by Grizzle’s team, including Dr. Kaveh Akbari Hamed, Dr. Brian Buss and PhD student Brent Griffin, has been deployed. The algorithm provides enhanced agility for a highly dynamic robot, such as MARLO, which does not require large feet for balance. Indeed, MARLO walks on point feet, similar to a human walking on stilts. Stay on the lookout for upcoming developments that achieve enhanced robustness to terrain variations.