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Robots in Scansorial Environments (RiSE)
This project is no longer active.
Head: Ralph Hollis
Contact: Alfred Rizzi
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Microdynamic Systems Laboratory
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The goal of the RiSE project is to create a bioinspired climbing robot with the unique ability to walk on land and climb on vertical surfaces. Active research studies novel robot kinematics, precision-manufactured compliant feet and appendages, and advanced robot behaviors. This project is funded by the DARPA Biodynotics Program.

Working closely with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley (link 2), Lewis & Clark University, and Boston Dynamics Inc., our team at Carnegie Mellon is focused on developing behaviors to autonomously walk and climb on multiple surfaces, adapting gaits based upon sensory information and reacting to surfaces changes and obstacles.