JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #112 - April/May 2017 - 4
OPlNlON civilian robotics
"l expect we will be working with large companies to test our robots in specific use cases"
What could have in common an ostrich and composites materials ?
They both take part in the development of Cassie, the bipedal robot
engineered by Agility Robotics. Jonhatan Hurst, CTO and Co-founder
explains us the essential use of advanced materials in the development
of tomorrow's machines.
Our company is focused on legged
locomotion and robot mobility. We
serve academic researchers right
now, but will be working up to much
larger commercial markets as our
technology and company grows.
CTO & Co-founder
JCM: How would you assess the
current robotics market?
J. H. : For our specific area,
the market is massive, but the
technology is difficult. If we can
walking and running that is as agile
and efficient as human walking and
running, it will be in high demand
for markets that include logistics and
package delivery, entertainment,
telepresence, and so on.
Protective shell and "bones"
I don't see another way to do it.
JEC Composites Magazine: Can
you briefly present Agility Robotics to us? What sparked its
launch? What is your role within
Jonathan Hurst: Agility
Robotics is based on the research
in my laboratory, the Dynamic
Robotics Lab at Oregon State
University. At the university, we
demonstrated for the first time
human-like gait dynamics with
ATRIAS, our bipedal robot. Once
we showed this demonstration,
it was the right time for us to
start our company. I am the Chief
Technology Officer and co -founder,
along with Damion Shelton as
CEO, and Mikhail Jones as Chief
Engineer. Damion and I were both
in graduate school together at the
Robotics Institute, and he started
and sold a company while I was a
professor at OSU; Mikhail was my
Master's student, who ended up
staying past his degree to finish the
ATRIAS project and was primarily
responsible for the control of the
Cassie was built with a
16-month, $1m grant from the
Advanced Research Project Agency
of the U.S. Dep. of Defense
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JCM: What is the outlook for
Agility Robotics in this market
over the short- and mediumterms?
J. H. : In the very near term, we are
building relationships with partner
companies, and selling robots to
academics and research groups. In
the medium-term, I expect we will
be working with large companies to
test our robots in specific use cases.
JCM: How do you stand out from
the other players in the civilian
J. H. : I'm not sure there are many
players in the civilian robotics