ICIRA 2021 Plenary Speech Given by Prof. Feng Gao

2021-06-09 12:44:00

Development and Application of

Six-legged Robots



August 8, 2021, Yantai




Prof. Feng Gao

State Key Laboratory of Mechanical System and Vibration,

School of Mechanical Engineering,

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200240, China



Presentation Abstract

Research on the walking robots has been one of key topics in robotics for a long time. In recent years, many legged-robots were developed in the world, which achieved great progress and received much attention from the robotic field. The most important challenges are the design and human-robot interaction control of the legged robots. This speech will introduce our research on both mechanism design and real-time control of the 6-legged robots for applications, including the following issues: design for 4 types of 6-legged robots with parallel or hybrid mechanisms;development of the unit composed of motor, reducer, encoder and torque sensor; applications of the 4 types of 6-legged robots for searching, guiding the blind, fire-fighting, walking with load, vehicle bottom maintenance, lunar exploration, etc.





Bio Sketch

Prof. Feng Gao earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1991, and his Master in Mechanical Engineering at Northeast Heavy Machinery Institute in 1982. From 1995 to 1997, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. He was a full professor at Yanshan University from 1995 to 1999. He served first as Vice President and then as President of Hebei University of Technology from 2000 to 2004. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the director of the State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Systems and Vibration at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Since 2004, he has been the Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


His research interests include the design and control of parallel robotic mechanisms, multi-leg robots, design and control of heavy-duty manipulators and machinery with parallel mechanisms. He won the 2013 China National Natural Science Award because of his contributions in parallel mechanism design and the 8 items of awards from the provincial science and technology invention prizes in China. And he won the ASME Leonardo Da Vinci Award for his invention of parallel manipulators in USA in 2014. He has been granted 126 patents and has published 3 research books on mechanisms and robotics, as well as 210 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He served as the General Member of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee, the Associate Editor of Mechanism and Machine Theory, ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Robotica, Engineering, and Deputy Editor in Chief for the Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering (in English). He gave the Keynote Speeches in the conferences of the ASME 2012 and IFToMM 2015, respectively.