AI News, LittleDog Navigates Ruff Terrain

LittleDog Navigates Ruff Terrain

Professor Stefan Schaal from USC Viterbi is attempting to build a robot dog that can autonomously navigate over very rough terrain, and has received $1.5 million from DARPA’s Learning Locomotion program in order to do so.

The basic strategy for walking over both smooth and rough terrain is “to adjust a smooth walking pattern generator with the selection of every foot placement such that the center of gravity follows a stable trajectory.

the first is an earlier (wired) version of LittleDog dealing with some pretty rocky terrain, and the second clip shows a wireless (and noticeably more evolved) version.