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Distinguished Leadership Awardee- Katie Skinner!

Congrats to current Ph.D student Katie Skinner on her Distinguished Leadership Award! 

This award is presented to the outstanding graduate students of the College of Engineering who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community. Katie will be honored at the Leaders and Honors Brunch on March 19th. 

Congrats Katie!



A Shoutout to Two Michigan PhDs in Robotics

Science RoboticsThe research of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics alum Dr. Alireza Ramezani is featured on the February cover of Science Robotics. Dr. Ramezani defended his dissertation, “Feedback Control Design for MARLO, a 3D-Bipedal Robot,” in 2013. 

The U-M Mathematics Department has awarded Hamed Razavi with the 2016 Sumner B. Myers Prize, which honors the best PhD thesis in mathematics.  No award is made unless a thesis is judged to be truly distinguished:
Hamed Razavi, “Symmetry Method for Limit Cycle Walking of Legged Robots”, co-advised by Tony Bloch (Math) and Jessy Grizzle (EECS).
Michigan Daily 2/5/17 article 

RGSC End of Semester Celebtration

As a way to celebrate the end end of the semester and the holiday season and take a break from exam studies, RGSC held a White Elephant gift exchange party. Enthusiasm and the holiday spirit were high, and everybody had a relaxing and fun time, as we enjoyed food, socializing, presents, and a lot of laughs. This is likely to become an annual event for the robotics group.
Michigan Robotics students wish you a Happy New Year!

Take another look at robotic locomotion and morphology!

Selecting gaits for economical locomotion of legged robots

This paper explores the benefits of using multiple gaits in a single robot.

Weitao Xi, Yevgeniy Yseilevskiy, C. David Remy
Sage journals


Research on the simultaneous optimization of motion and morphology; comparing different actuators in legged robots:

A comparison of series and parallel elasticity in a Monoped hopper

Optimal configuration of series and parallel elasticity in a 2D Monoped

The video of the comparison:



Open-access Automated Cars Will Advance Driverless Research

New University of Michigan research vehicles will be open testbeds for academic and industry researchers to rapidly test self-driving and connected vehicle technologies at a world-class proving ground – Mcity.   

A roundabout at Mcity.
Mcity, a test site for autonomous vehicles that emulates the urban driving experience, is just half a mile from the Robotics Institute site.

Michigan Engineering article.          

Strolling Among the Fall Colors & MARLO vs Wave Field II – aka “Fall/No Fall”

snapshot-1-11-11-2016-8-43-amResearch has its super intense moments and its pleasures. In the video MARLO vs. Wave Field our intrepid bipedal friend renews an ongoing battle, this time equipped with a new nonlinear control algorithm incorporating machine learning. More recently, MARLO took a stroll near SRB and the Wave Field, with the objective of enjoying the beautiful fall colors.


Robotics Profs Play Their Way to Safer Cars


Image:  Taken from their paper on arXiv, cited in the text.
                                 Image: taken from their paper on arXiv, cited below.

Next time you think some robotics professors are just chillin’ out, you had better look again. They may be exploring the next great idea. Professors Matt Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan used the video game Grand Theft Auto to generate annotated data that was then used to train machine learning algorithms for autonomous driving – and it worked great! You can read more in their paper on the arXiv.