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BME Seminars - Jean-Paul LAUMOND

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We are pleased to announce that our next seminar will be given Jean-Paul LAUMOND IEEE Fellow, directeur de Recherche at the LAAS-CNRS (team Gepetto) and member of the French Academy of Technologies. The seminar will be held between 1:30 pm and 3 pm in Amphi Bezier at ENSAM ParisTech this Friday, October 13, 2017. The seminar topic will be “Bipedal walking: a pluridisciplinary perspective”. For more information please refer to the attached abstract.


The talk reports on a research action exploring the motor synergies of anthropomorphic walking. By combining biomechanical, neurophysiology, and robotics perspectives, it is intended to better understand human locomotion with the ambition to better design bipedal robot architectures. The motivation of the research starts from the simple observation that humans may stumble when following a simple reflex-based locomotion on uneven terrains. The rationale combines two well established results in robotics and neuroscience, respectively:  first, passive robot walkers, which are very efficient in terms of energy consumption, can be modeled by a simple rotating rimless wheel;  second, humans and animals stabilize their head when moving.  The seminal hypothesis is then to consider a wheel equipped with a stabilized mass on top of it as a plausible model of bipedal walking, the so-called Yoyo-Man. We will see recent results supporting this hypothesis. These results open new perspectives to explore the computational foundations of anthropomorphic walking and to design new humanoid robots.

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