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Lockheed Martin Robotics Seminar: Designing exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs
Friday, October 25, 2019
2:00 p.m.
2121 JM Patterson
For More Information:
Ania Picard
301 405 4358
appicard@umd.edu

Lockheed Martin Robotics Seminar

Designing exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs that enhance human
locomotor performance

Steve Collins
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

Abstract 
Exoskeletons and active prostheses could improve mobility
for tens of millions of people, but two serious challenges must first
be overcome: we need ways of identifying what a device should do to
benefit an individual user, and we need cheap, efficient hardware that
can do it. In this talk, we will describe an approach to the design of
wearable robots, based on versatile emulator systems and algorithms
that automatically customize assistance, which we call
human-in-the-loop optimization. We will also discuss the design of
exoskeletons that use no energy themselves yet reduce the energy cost
of human walking, and efficient, electroadhesive actuators that could
make wearable robots substantially cheaper and more efficient.

Host
Mumu Xu

Biography 
Steve Collins received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
in 2002 from Cornell University, where he performed research on
passive dynamic walking robots with Andy Ruina. He received his Ph.D.
in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from the University of Michigan,
where he performed research on the dynamics and control of human
walking with Art Kuo. He performed postdoctoral research on humanoid
robots with Martijn Wisse at T. U. Delft in the Netherlands. He was a
professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon
University for seven years. In 2017, he joined the faculty of
Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, where he teaches
courses on design and robotics and directs the Stanford
Biomechatronics Lab. His primary focus is to speed and systematize the
design and prescription of prostheses and exoskeletons using versatile
device emulator hardware and human-in-the-loop optimization algorithms
(Zhang et al. 2017, Science). Another focus is efficient autonomous
devices, such as highly energy-efficient walking robots (Collins et
al. 2005, Science) and exoskeletons that use no energy yet reduce the
metabolic energy cost of human walking (Collins et al. 2015, Nature).
He is a member of the Scientific Board of Dynamic Walking and the
Editorial Board of Science Robotics. He has received the Young
Scientist Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, the Best
Medical Devices Paper from the International Conference on Robotics
and Automation, and the student-voted Professor of the Year in his
department. More information at: biomechatronics.stanford.edu.

This Event is For: Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Post-Docs • Alumni

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