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The M2 Robot
Speaker: Dan Paluska , MIT AI Lab Leg Lab
The robot M2 is a humanoid robot for walking research. Since the robot is focused purely on walking it is simply a torso and two legs. It has 12 active degrees of freedom powered by Series Elastic Actuators. In contrast to the other humanoid walking projects in Japan and Europe, control of M2 does not rely on the traditions from robotic arm research which suggest "stiffer is better". Instead, control of M2 is 'soft' and concentrated on augmenting the natural dynamics of the robot rather than overriding them. The current state of the robot and its control will be presented and future directions discussed.