Team IHMC Robotics
IHMC Robotics is a team from the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, FL. We are a dedicated group of researchers, scientists, and engineers from all over the world, ranging from local high school and undergraduate interns to post-doc researchers. Since the Challenge kicked off with the VRC for Track B teams, we have seen well over 40 people come and go, all contributing to different key facets of our DRC effort. Our current roster holds 22 team members. One of the many focuses of the IHMC Robot Lab has been advancing the study of walking and balancing for humanoid robots. By expanding our research in walking and balancing in to a complete whole-body control algorithm and a powerful user interface for robot operation, we aim to tackle the challenges of the DRC by seeking to find the sweet spot for human and machine teamwork by leveraging advanced robotics control techniques and a user interface and data presentation design that allows for our operator to effectively provide guidance to the robot.
Atlas is designed and developed by Boston Dynamics. Since the Trials, it has been overhauled to be quieter and self contained with power, computing, cooling, and communication all on-board and wireless. Team IHMC Robotics has been hard at work developing software to allow the robot to be faster, more robust, and more efficient to meet the new challenges of the DRC Finals. We have renamed the robot Running Man, after the IHMC logo. Also, Atlas is a 30 degree of freedom hydraulically powered humanoid with third party modular hands.
Our core design philosophy of engineering systems with their human components in mind, which we call coactive design, and our home-grown whole body control algorithm combine to form the framework of our unique approach to the DRC.