Design and Manufacturing I, co-taught by Professor Sangbae Kim, is one of the first hands-on classes to teach students not only how to design an object but also how to build it.
At just 20 pounds, the robot, which was developed by Associate Professor Sangbae Kim, is designed to be “virtually indestructible,” recovering with little damage, even if a backflip ends in a spill.
Professor Sangbae Kim is now developing a third generation of his robotic cheetah that's commercially viable and can operate in emergency response environments.
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Prof. Sangbae Kim, is the director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on the bio-inspired robot design by extracting principles from animals. Kim's achievements on bio-inspired robot development include the world's first directional adhesive inspired from gecko lizards, and a climbing robot, Stickybot, that utilizes the directional adhesives to climb smooth surfaces featured in TIME's best inventions in 2006. Recent achievement includes the development of the MIT Cheetah capable of stable outdoor running up to 13mph and autonomous jumping over an obstacles at an efficiency of animals. This achievement was covered by more than 300 media articles. He is a recipient of best paper award from International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2007), King-Sun Fu Memorial Transactions on Robotics (2008) and IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics (2016), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2013), NSF CAREER award (2014), and Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching (2015).
P. Wensing, A. Wang, S. Seok, D. Otten, J. Lang and S. Kim, Proprioceptive Actuator Design: Impact Mitigation and High-Bandwidth Physical Interaction for Dynamic Legged Robots, IEEE Transactions in Robotics, under review.