Empowering Agile Movement in Legged Robots: Open-Source Software Developed at Carnegie Mellon

Open-source software is a boon to robotics research
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have developed a software open-source that allows legged robots to move more quickly.

Robots can assist humans in a variety of ways, such as monitoring the environment or assisting with disaster recovery. For quadrupeds (robots with four legs), their mobility is dependent on many software components working together. The majority of researchers spend most of their time on lower-level infrastructure, rather than focusing on higher-level behavior.

Aaron Johnson’s Robomechanics Lab team at Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering experienced these frustrations. Researchers have had to use simple models because the software solutions available were not open-source, didn’t provide a modular structure, and lacked complete functionality.