ICRA 2019 - HEBI Hands-On Tutorial (Proposed)



While robotics research is a quickly evolving and growing field, the act of building and working with a physical robot remains an expensive, slow, and difficult experience.  Because of this, many researchers never get a chance to learn the basics of robotic actuation, and many others who do learn the basics never get to develop deep hands-on expertise.  This tutorial provides an opportunity for researchers to implement the fundamentals of robotic actuation using commercially-available series elastic actuators from HEBI Robotics.  These actuators and supporting software tools are already in use at over 100 companies and research labs around the world, and they are being used to dramatically accelerate the pace of robotics research in fields as varied as industrial automation, service robotics, personal assistance robotics, prosthetics, rehabilitation, agriculture and space exploration.  

This tutorial will provide a technical overview of compliant actuation and control, and it will also provide hands-on access to a variety of example robotic systems.  Attendees will have the opportunity to assemble, play with, take apart, and build upon these examples. Robotics experts from HEBI will be on hand to work with attendees, and speakers from around the world will also present their experiences using these systems.

Come ready to test out your ideas with our tools!


09:00 - 09:30 Introduction and Overview

09:30 - 10:00 Demonstrations Round-Robin

  • Compliant Manipulators for

    • Pick and Place Tasks

    • Eating Assistance

  • Force-Controlled Assistance for Rehabilitation / Exoskeleton

  • Compliant Legged Robot

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break/Discussion - Play with Robots!

10:30 - 11:00 Basics of actuation and control

  • Position / Velocity / Force Control

  • Series Elastic Actuation

11:00 - 12:00 Progressive examples using HEBI API

  • Networking Basics

  • Commands / Feedback

  • Logging / Visualization

  • Controller Tuning / Gains

  • Trajectories / Dynamics

  • Kinematics

  • Manipulation Example Revisited

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break (Poutine!)

13:30 - 15:30 Play with Robots!

  • Groups experiment with the various provided examples

  • HEBI and other experts mingle and assist

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break/Discussion - Presentations

  • Speakers TBD

  • 2-3 people discussing ongoing challenges to making robotics hardware more broadly accessible

16:00 - 18:00 Play with Robots!

  • Groups experiment with the various provided examples

  • HEBI and other experts mingle and assist

18:00 - 18:30 Final Wrap-up and Discussion