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Novel field robots and robotic exoskeletons: design, integration, and applications (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

Paper Abstract

As natural and man-made disasters occur, from earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes to chemical spills and nuclear meltdowns, there is a need for field robotic systems that are able to respond in these hazardous and dangerous environments. This talk will start with presenting a novel hybrid mechanism robot whereby the locomotion and manipulation platforms are designed as one entity to support both locomotion and manipulation symbiotically. Experimental results demonstrate the robot’s unique capabilities, such as traversing challenging obstacles and manipulating various payloads. This talk will then present the extension of this research to new designs of self-reconfigurable and modular field mobile robots that can autonomously and actively bond multiple robotic agents to provide scalable mobility and manipulation configurations. Recent progress on the design and integration of semi-autonomous victim extraction robots will also be presented. The talk will also describe recent results on the design and control of bio-inspired robotic tails capable of stabilizing and maneuvering legged robots. Finally, the talk will describe research on robotic exoskeletons for applications including gesture-based mobile robot tele-operation and upper-extremity hand rehabilitation with autonomous grasping.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2020
Proc. SPIE 11375, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXII, 1137503 (24 April 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2539157
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Pinhas Ben-Tzvi, The George Washington Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11375:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXII
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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