Benefits of an active spine supported bounding locomotion with a small compliant quadruped robot

M Khoramshahi, A Sprowitz, A Tuleu, M Ahmadabadi, A Ijspeert
(2013) IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

We studied the effect of the control of an active spine versus a fixed spine, on a quadruped robot running in bound gait. Active spine supported actuation led to faster locomotion, with less foot sliding on the ground, and a higher stability to go straight forward. However, we did no observe an improvement of cost of transport of the spine-actuated, faster robot system compared to the rigid spine.