A team led by Georgia Tech School of Physics Assistant Professor Daniel Goldman has conducted physics and robotics experiments and created computer simulations to better understand how objects move through complex environments, like the debris after a natural disaster. Using a robot they built that can penetrate and “swim” through granular material, they show that by varying the shape of the robot’s head or by tilting it up and down, they can control the robot’s vertical movement.
This video is part of the paper, “Levitation Control of Experimental Wing-in-Ground Effect Vehicle along Z Axis and about Roll and Pitch Axes,” by Yusuke Sugahara, Yusuke Ikeuchi, Ryo Suzuki, Yasuhisa Hirata, Kazuhiro Kosuge, Yukio Noguchi, Satoshi Kikuchi and Yasuaki P. Kohama, presented at ICRA 2011.
Video describing the ParkourBot: A Dynamic Bow Leg Climbing Robot by Amir Degani, Siyuan Feng, H. Benjamin Brown, Kevin M. Lynch, Howie Choset and Matthew T. Mason. Presented on May 10, 2011 at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), in Shanghai.