The robotics research of Dr. Aaron Ames, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been featured in Design News.
The magazine also named Ames one of its "Rising Engineering Stars."
Science fiction has long promised two-legged, humanlike robots that can walk among us, but those are not yet reality. Ames, a self-described sci-fi buff, is building the robots himself.
He and his students in the A&M Bipedal Experimental Robotics Lab (AMBER) are working on the design, simulation and fabrication of a robot that will walk like a human. Writer Deb Setters from Maxon Precision Motors says that "making a human-like bipedal walking robot will advance robotics beyond that of toys or novelty and into the area of high-level use for a variety of applications, including space exploration, disaster response, military operations, elderly assistance, rehabilitation and prosthetics."