Series elastic actuator modules for legs and arms
In this talk I will present our work on the series elastic actuation units ANYdrive. These torque controllable robot joints have been developed with a strong focus on compact and integrated design. I will outline some of the challenges during the development, show their performance characteristics, and present different applications in robotic legs and arms.
Marco Hutter is assistant professor for Robotic Systems at ETH Zurich and Branco Weiss Fellow. After studying mechanical engineering, he conducted his doctoral degree in robotics at ETH with focus on design, actuation, and control of dynamic legged robotic systems. Marco is part of the national competence centers for robotics (NCCR robotics) and digital fabrication (NCCR dfab). He coordinates several research projects, industrial collaborations, and international competitions (e.g. ARGOS challenge) that target the application of high-mobile autonomous vehicles in challenging environments such as for search and rescue, industrial inspection, or construction operation. His research interests are in the development of novel machines and actuation concepts together with the underlying control, planning, and optimization algorithms for locomotion and manipulation.