H2R: Human-like locomotion
H2R: Integrative Approach for the Emergence of Human-like Locomotion
The major drawbacks of existing walking bipeds are related to stability, energy consumption, and robustness to unknown disturbances. In healthy humans, walking emerges naturally from a hierarchical organization and combination of motor control mechanisms. The result of this process is a highly efficient, stable and robust gait.
The goal of H2R project is to demonstrate human-like gait and posture in a controlled compliant biped robot as a result of a combination of the most relevant motor control and cognitive mechanisms found in humans.
In order to achieve this goal, we will adopt a threefold process:
- Investigating the human behavior in order to formalize the most crucial biomechanical and neuromotor principles of walking and standing.
- Testing the formalized biological concepts, by their integration into currently existing robotic platforms. At the same time, we will develop a new biped (namely H2R biped), by iteratively including the components and methods successfully tested.
- Giving birth to an internationally validated benchmarking scheme to test the human-like properties of robotic bipeds. This process will strongly rely on worldwide participation of other research groups, through workshops, seminars, and networking activities.