Through the five-year collaborative program
researchers and Drexel students will travel to Korea and share information.
Two Drexel doctoral students Robert Ellenberg and Daniel Lofaro have already
been to Korea to work with KAIST and are the primary caretakers of Jaemi
HUBO in the autonomous lab.
“Even if support existed for the United States to build its own humanoid, the learning curve and building time would likely yield models that continuously lag behind those from Asia,” said Oh. “The critical gap that prevents a vertical advance in humanoids is the lack of platforms in the U.S. and infrastructure to globally consolidate knowledge and benchmark performance.”
Through the collaborative effort, the researchers of the PIRE team will each provide their expertise to advance the capabilities of Jaemi HUBO. Dan Lee of the University of Pennsylvania will provide his expertise to develop and demonstrate advanced humanoid capabilities that include locomotion over rugged and unstructured terrain. Dennis Hong of Virginia Tech will develop a low-cost mini HUBO for the broader robotics community to apply and test algorithms. Doug Blank of Bryn Mawr College will explore advanced artificial intelligence on robots that will be used to develop software for roboticists to engage in advancing humanoid capabilities.
Oh, a leader in systems integration, robotics, sensors and control, has developed an online HUBO or a universally accessible platform for the robotics community. Drexel’s lab has been, and will continue to be used as a test rig. Oh and the Drexel team have procured Jaemi HUBO that can be controlled and monitored online. This is achieved by a gantry that follows HUBO and a tether that prevents the humanoid from catastrophic falls. Should HUBO stumble the tether will prevent the fall and researchers could then re-program the robot.
To educate the American public at all ages, and especially to increase the interest of young children in robotics and humanoid interaction, Jaemi HUBO will be displayed at Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, and interact with the young children who visit the museum from May 28 to May 30. A demonstration of Jamei HUBO interacting with the children, greeting passersby, and playing “Simon Says” will showcase the humanoid’s capabilities on May 28 at 2 p.m. Subsequent appearances will also be scheduled at various times throughout the year.