Latest John Schmitt Stories

2010-06-20 08:23:41

With NSF support, Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to nature's running machines as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run over rough surfaces When John Schmitt looks at a fleeing cockroach, he doesn't see disease or dirt. He sees the perfect running machine. "I take my inspiration wherever I can get it," he said. Schmitt, an assistant professor in Oregon State University's school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, is...

2009-12-29 09:20:00

The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering marvel, and is providing researchers at Oregon State University with what they call "bioinspiration" in a quest to build the world's first legged robot that is capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain. If the engineers succeed, they may owe their success to what's being learned from these insects and other animals, such as the guinea hen, that have their own remarkable...