R. Prasanth Kumar
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad.
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I am associated with Mechatronics Design Lab for research. Following is a brief introduction to my current research areas.
The ability to move from place to place extends the usability of robots by significantly increasing their workspace. Among locomotion modes possible in mobile robots that move on ground, walking is one that allows movement on uneven terrain and imitates human locomotion.
Dynamic walkers, also called limit cycle walkers or passive dynamic walkers, are torque controlled and/or gravity powered legged robots that consume little energy in walking compared to trajectory controlled legged robots. The cost of transport (COT) is close to that of human beings.
Studying biped dynamic walkers helps better understand the biomechanics of human walking for the development of efficient biped robots and walking rehabilitation devices.
Active suspension systems provide superior ride comfort compared to passive suspension systems at the cost of high energy consumption. Semi-active suspension systems achieve better ride comfort by manipulating the characteristics of the damper based on certain conditions. Our focus is on developing and investigating algorithms under various conditions to achive higher performance.
Last updated on May 08, 2011