Acroban is a humanoid robot designed by Rhoban Project in collaboration with Flowers team.
Look at it here (featuring Pierre Ly, thanks to him !) :


With this platform, we investigate several questions:

  • What are the advantage of the vertebral column regarding locomotion ?
  • The use of compliance and semi-passive dynamics for biped locomotion.
  • How humans and robots can interact, physically ?

Learn more in this paper. See also Flower’s Acroban’s page to learn more.

Exploring robust, intuitive and emergent physical human-robot interaction with the humanoid robot Acroban
with Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and Pierre Rouanet.
To appear in 11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoid’2011) – 2011 (Bled)

Maturational constraints for motor learning in high-dimensions: the case of biped walking
with Matthieu Lapeyre and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer.
To appear in 11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoid’2011) – 2011 (Bled)

Bio-Inspired Vertebral Column, Compliance and Semi-Passive Dynamics in a Lightweight Humanoid Robot
with Matthieu Lapeyre and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
To appear in proc. of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’2011) – 2011 (San Francisco) (also selected for IROS’2011 Special Demonstration Symposium)

Modeling Maturational Constrains for Learning Biped Humanoid Locomotion
with Matthieu Lapeyre and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
To appear in Proc of Int. Conf. on Development and Learning (ICDL) – Poster session – IEEE 2011 (Frankfurt)

Acroban the Humanoid: Compliance for Stabilization and Human Interaction.
O. Ly and P.-Y. Oudeyer.
In IEEE/RSJ Int. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’2010) – Video Session (Taipei 2010).

Acroban the Humanoid: Playful and Compliant Physical Child-Robot Interaction.

O. Ly and P.-Y. Oudeyer.
In ACM SIGGRAPH’2010 Emerging Technologies (Los Angeles 2010)


Look also to the press release.