Event

Wheels + Legs

LocationMIT Media Lab, E14 Lobby DescriptionFrom lightweight, shared, electric vehicles that fold, to artificial limbs that not only emul...

Friday — Friday
December 21, 2012 —
April 11, 2014
Project

Wheels of Poseidon

Throughout the ages bioluminescence has inspired myths. Long ago, sailors in the Indian Ocean encountered massive bioluminescent blooms a...

Publication

The fastest runner on artificial legs: Different limbs similar function?

P. G. Weyand, M. W. Bundle, C. P. McGowan, A. Grabowski, M. B. Brown, R. Kram, and H. Herr. The fastest runner on artificial legs: Different limbs, similar function?, Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 107, no. 3, pp. 903–911, Sep. 2009.

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Just Build It! A Fully Functional Concept Vehicle Using Robotic Wheels

Schmitt, P. "Just Build It! A Fully Functional Concept Vehicle Using Robotic Wheels"

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Counterpoint: Artificial legs do not make artificially fast running speeds possible

R. Kram, A. M. Grabowski, C. P. McGowan, M. B. Brown, and H. M. Herr. Counterpoint: Artificial legs do not make artificially fast running speeds possible, Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 108, no. 4, pp. 1012–1014, Apr. 2010.

Article

A bionic man: Hugh Herr strides forward on next-generation robotic legs

You’ll likely hear Hugh Herr before you see him.The charismatic leader of MIT’s biomechatronics research group wears two next-generation ...

Person

Daniel Oran

Research Affiliate

Person

Rachel Smith

Research Assistant

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MIT Inching Closer to Making CityCars a Reality on Wheels

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Swimmer with bionic legs plans to keep on swimming

Morgan Stickney is an elite swimmer who's helping pave the way for the next generation of bionic prosthetics and para-athletes.

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Bionic Legs, i-Limbs, and Other Super Human Prostheses You'll Envy

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Daniel Novy

Research Scientist

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Programmable Surfaces

Sun, A. "Programmable Surfaces"

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Open Ocean

The ocean is vast. It covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet and holds 97% of the water on Earth. The ocean is exciting. ...

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Episode 46: Pioneer through the pandemic with professor + innovator, Dr. Hugh Herr

Biomechatronics head Hugh Herr discusses his research with the No Barriers USA podcast.

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Leg stiffness of sprinters using running-specific prostheses

C. P. McGowan, A. M. Grabowski, W. J. McDermott, H. M. Herr, and R. Kram. Leg stiffness of sprinters using running-specific prostheses, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 9, no. 73, pp. 1975-1982, 2012.

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A trotting horse model

H. M. Herr and T. A. McMahon. A trotting horse model, The International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 566–581, Jun. 2000.

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The Cyborg and the Singularity

Will we all be cyborgs one day? Hugh Herr says he has the answer.

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Leg exoskeleton reduces the metabolic cost of human hopping

A. M. Grabowski, H. M. Herr

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Running-specific prostheses limit ground-force during sprinting

A. M. Grabowski, C. P. McGowan, W. J. McDermott, M. T. Beale, R. Kram, and H. M. Herr. Running-specific prostheses limit ground-force during sprinting, Biology Letters, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 201-204, 2010.

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How a competitive swimmer is helping perfect a new amputation procedure

Cristina Quinn profiles Morgan Stickney, an elite swimmer who's the first person to undergo a bilateral Ewing amputation.

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Rovables: Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables

Dementyev, Artem, et al. "Rovables: Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables." Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. ACM, 2016.

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Could plants be the future of interface design?

Core77 reports on the Fluid Interfaces group’s work in cyborg botany.

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Elowan in the news

A selection of recent press coverage on Elowan, a plant-robot hybrid designed by Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes.

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This plant is a cyborg (and it might be the future of interfaces)

A Parsons and MIT researcher hooked up electrodes to a plant’s leaves to turn it into a robotic sensor.

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Can you murder a robot?

Rosalind Picard and Kate Darling join other experts to discuss how and why humans empathize with machines.

Person

Hugh Herr

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Publication

A quasi-passive model of human leg function in level-ground walking

K. Endo, D. Paluska, and H.M. Herr. A quasi-passive model of human leg function in level-ground walking, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Beijing, China, Oct. 2006.

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Energetics and mechanics of human running on surfaces of different stiffnesses

A. E. Kerdok, A. A. Biewener, T. A. McMahon, P. G. Weyand, and H. M. Herr. Energetics and mechanics of human running on surfaces of different stiffnesses, Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 92, no. 2, pp. 469-478, 2002.

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Humanoid standing control: learning from human demonstration

A. Hofmann, M. Popovic, and H. Herr. Humanoid standing control: learning from human demonstration, Journal of Automatic Control, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 16–22, 2002.

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Topobo: A 3-D Constructive Assembly System with Kinetic Memory

Raffle, H. "Topobo: A 3-D Constructive Assembly System with Kinetic Memory"

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Topobo: A Constructive Assembly System with Kinetic Memory

Hayes Raffle S., Parkes, A. J., and Ishii, H.

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Immersive Terrestrial Scuba Diving Using Virtual Reality

Dhruv Jain, Misha Sra, Jingru Gro, Rodrigo Marques, Raymond Wu, Justin Chiu, Chris Schmandt

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Angular momentum primitives for human turning: Control implications for biped robots

T. Farrell, H. Herr

Project

Cocoon: Speculative Dream Engineering

Cocoon is our vision of a programmable dream machine from the future. This device would be enabled by the synthesis of many devices under...

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The RoboScooter

Lin, M. "The RoboScooter"

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A model of muscle-tendon function in human walking

K. Endo and H. Herr. A model of muscle-tendon function in human walking, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Kobe, Japan, May 2009.

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Chapter 5: Cyborg Technology – Biomimetic Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology

H. Herr, G. P. Whiteley, and D. Childress. Chapter 5: Cyborg Technology – Biomimetic Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology, SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA, 2003.

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A model of scale effects in mammalian quadrupedal running

H. M. Herr, G. T. Huang, and T. A. McMahon. A model of scale effects in mammalian quadrupedal running, Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 205, no. 7, pp. 959-967, 2002.

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Here be Dragons 2018: Lightning Talks

MIT students, faculty, and collaborators gave Lightning Talks during Here be Dragons 2018

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The Anatomy of an Urban Modular Electric Vehicle: How the Architecture of the CityCar Enhances Personal Mobility and Supporting Industries

Lark, W. "The Anatomy of an Urban Modular Electric Vehicle: How the Architecture of the CityCar Enhances Personal Mobility and Supporting Industries"

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Meet the Labbers: Hugh Herr

"I can not only be a designer but I can be the test pilot."

Article

Machines to Banish Disability

MIT’s Center for Extreme Bionics has an ambitious goal: nothing short of ending disability.

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Meet the Labbers: Cameron Taylor

"Think—what are people not expecting to happen yet and how can I make that happen?"

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Intelligent robots could prove to be a boon for autism therapies

Social robots could potentially aid therapists working with autistic children in the future.

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Caterer Responsibilities

Review the caterer's responsibilities and the event host's catering responsibilities

Project

Open-Source SPRING

Open-Source Instructions for Building SPRING System

Publication

Graph Dynamics: Learning and Representation

Ribeiro, A. "Graph Dynamics: Learning and Representation"

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The MIT Autonomous Bicycle Project

A lightweight research platform to develop autonomous technology Designed to transform bicycle-sharing systems into an on-demand mob...

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The MIT Autonomous Bicycle Project

The MIT Autonomous Bicycle Project proposes that autonomous bicycles could serve as an alternative to current bike sharing models.

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New US postage stamp highlights MIT research

The stamp is part of a new USPS series on innovation, representing computing, biomedicine, genome sequencing, robotics, and solar technology

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Making prosthetic limbs feel more natural

Muscle grafts could help amputees sense and control artificial limbs.

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HANNIBAL AD PORTAS!

The Global Financial Crisis was a wasted opportunity to reorganize the world financial ecosystem.

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The Seeds That Seymour Sowed

Seymour Papert’s ideas about children, computers, and learning inspired many.

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The responsibility of immortality: Welcome to the new transhumanism

The latest enthusiasm for eternal life largely stems from the belief that technology will enhance humans and make them immortal.

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Algae caviar, anyone? What we'll eat on the journey to Mars

Humans are headed for the cosmos, and we’re taking our appetites with us. What will fill the void when we leave Earth behind?