Abstract: The LAAS-CNRS is leading an interdisciplinary research at the confluence of humanoid robotics, human motor control and biomechanics. On the one hand, advanced motion generation software are developed to endow humanoid robots with the capacity to execute safe and complex movements in various environments. On the other hand, the human movement is analyzed with the aim to extract functional principles that reveal its organization. Despite the huge difference between the human body and the humanoid structure, considering the anthropomorphic motion as a common research object in engineering and life sciences allows numerous fundamental notions to be analyzed from complementary points of view. This talk will present the Gepetto approach to tackling the fundamental problems of path-planning, motion generation and control, with the aim to demonstrate that humanoid robots have a strong potential of application both in service robotics and in the factory of the future. We will also present a set of results in which the robotics formalism combined with motion analysis techniques is used for modeling the human movement and drawing fruitful links with humanoid robots.
Date: 3rd May 2019