News by Faculty
University of Michigan: December 13, 2021
U-M founds first robotics department among top 10 engineering schoolsThe new department grew out of the Robotics Institute, directed by ECE faculty member and the person behind the world’s fastest bipedal robot with knees back in 2011, Prof. Jessy Grizzle.
A4: All About Ann Arbor: September 27, 2021
University of Michigan is ‘training’ these robots in disaster responseProf. Jessy Grizzle leads a new $1 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to “train” robots to navigate disaster zones and wilderness areas in real time.
DBusiness Magazine: September 16, 2021
U-M Receives $1M Grant for Bipedal First Responder Robots ProjectA new University of Michigan research project led by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will enable robots to navigate in real time without the need for a preexisting map of the terrain they traverse.
$1M for open-source first-responder robotsAn open-source perception and movement system, to be developed with NSF funding, could enable robots that partner with humans in fires and disaster areas.
Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for new robotics course that focuses on equitable education
An interdisciplinary team of faculty created a new introductory course in robotics that is designed for inclusivity by focusing on linear algebra instead of AP calculus, opening it up to freshman students with a broad mathematical background.
Associated Press: March 17, 2021
Ford partners with University of Michigan on robotics research, new buildingJessy Grizzle talks about the new building, and creating realistic situations for the robots that roam inside.
U-Michigan, Ford open world-class robotics complexThe facility will accelerate the future of advanced and more equitable robotics and mobility
ASEE Prism: February 5, 2021
Solving for EquityProfs. Jessy Grizzle and Chad Jenkins, the director and associate director of the Robotics Institute, are developing a robotics engineering degree that launches freshmen with computational linear algebra in a projects-based course. Their goal is to increase student access, engagement, and success along with overall equity.
‘Solving for equity’: A Michigan Robotics course flips the script on engineering ed
ASEE Prism magazine explores how linear algebra could level the playing field.
Tech Xplore: January 4, 2021
Exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architectureTech Xplore features the U-M Robotics Building and Prof. Jessy Grizzle in this piece about exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architecture
Lights in the labs – and eyes – of researchers coming back to work
‘Noncritical’ in-person research begins ramping up, with public-health protocols.
ECE honors Spirit Day 2019
Faculty, students, and staff came together in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community for the world-wide anti-bullying campaign.
Popular Mechanics: October 17, 2019
Meet the super robots that are about to lap the world’s fastest humansProf. Jessy Grizzle’s robot, Mabel, is profiled in this piece by Popular Mechanics.
University of Michigan: October 9, 2019
U-M MUSEUM OF ART BRINGS ROBOTS TO THE ART WORLDU-M Robotics members, including Robotics Director and ECE Professor Jessy Grizzle, are working with the University of Michigan Museum of Art to test a prototype robot docent.
A World Record for Robotic Deep Freeze Walking
Cassie Blue, the bipedal robot, takes advantage of the 2019 polar vortex to set a record-breaking walk.
U-M researchers provide control software to ensure autonomous vehicles stay in their lane
The team was awarded a Best New Application Paper Award by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for their work developing reliable control systems for Lane Keeping and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Click on Detroit: May 15, 2019
Inside University of Michigan’s Robotics Lab in Ann ArborClickonDetroit tours Prof. Jessy Grizzle’s robotics lab.
Black Engineers convention comes to Detroit and ECE is there to welcome the record-breaking 14,000 attendees
At this year’s convention for the National Society of Black Engineers, U-M professors, students, and alums came together with the other attendees to share experiences, offer career advice, and explore how to improve society.
Getting people moving – Walking exoskeletons could mobilize disabled patients
Prof. Jessy Grizzle has long said that his work in robotics could one day be used to help the disabled. Now he and his group, alongside French company Wandercraft, are working to make that claim a reality in the form of walking exoskeletons.
Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan
Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level.
CASSIE: A tougher, lighter bipedal robot with eyes
New walking robot based on birds
U-M first in line for new bird-inspired walking robot
Cassie is the first offering from new startup Agility Robotics, and is loosely modeled on the cassowary, a flightless bird similar to an ostrich.
Meet the new director of Michigan Robotics
Prof. Jessy Grizzle named inaugural director of Michigan Robotics
EECS research highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference
The University hosted the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which allowed attendees to hear about the latest in robotics through talks, presentations, workshops, and tutorials.
MARLO makes initial attempt at the Wave Field
For now, Grizzle and his graduate students are only attempting the easiest routes, between the grassy two- to three-foot moguls, over smaller undulations that he calls “merely very difficult.”
Michigan shines at the National Robotics Initiative 5 year anniversary
The NRI is a multi-agency effort to accelerate the development and use of robots that work beside or cooperatively with people.
MARLO, the free-standing two-legged robot, conquers terrain with innovative control algorithms
The robot’s feedback control algorithms should be able to help other two-legged robots as well as powered prosthetic legs gain similar capabilities.
Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster
The goal of the class project was to control the safe landing of a rocket booster after it disengaged from the portion of the rocket that would continue into Space.
Star Wars tech: How far are we? Chewie gets answers
Chewie talks to experts about spacecraft thrusters, light sabers, droids, carbonite and holograms.
Chicago alumni connect at networking reception
The ACC is one of the world’s premier scientific and engineering conferences dedicated to the advancement of control theory and practice.
ECE welcomes new engineering robotics center
The center, to be built on North Campus, will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a 3-story, 100,000 square foot building.
Jessy Grizzle Delivers Distinguished University Professorship Lecture on Bipedal RobotsThe lecture covered the different iterations of Prof. Grizzle’s world-renowned bipedal creations since he started work on Rabbit in 1999.
HEV fuel economy meets drivability in Outstanding Control Systems Paper
The research aimed to find a happy medium between fuel economy and drivability in hybrid electric vehicles.
Jessy Grizzle named Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor
Prof. Grizzle is an internationally renowned researcher in the area of control systems.
Awards and Slaying of the Dragon at St. George’s Day Feast – 2014Prof. Jessy Grizzle was awarded “Professor of the Year” by HKN.
Two-legged robot walks outside at U-M
MARLO and its counterparts represent the second bipedal robot model in the world with a gait that isn’t flat-footed.
Prof. Jessy Grizzle Honored with Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize from IEEE Control Systems SocietyThis prestigious honor recognizes distinguished contributions to control systems science and engineering.
MABEL the bipedal robot
MABEL, at one time the world’s fasted running bipedal robot, now sits in the biomechanics exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum.
Jessy Grizzle named IFAC Fellow
Grizzle is well-known in the robotic community for his work with the bipedal robot MABEL, and has worked in the automotive industry for over two decades.
Brian Buss awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Buss’ research focusses on using control theory in order to control glucose levels in ICU patients.
2010 College of Engineering Awards
Ford, U of M explore new ways to speed development of future hybrid vehicles
“The main goal of this project,” explained Opila, “is to bring advanced methods to HEV and plug-in HEV design.”
Prof. Jessy Grizzle Named the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of EngineeringGrizzle combines research excellence with teaching excellence.
Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Jessy GrizzleDistinguished Faculty Achievement Awards honor senior faculty who consistently have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty; service; and a variety of other activities.
Run, RABBIT, run!
Today, no other biped machine walks faster, is as stable, or varies its walking speed so adroitly.