About this Research Topic
Through billions of years of evolution, many types of animals and human species have evolved and developed diverse methods to deal with the challenges of locomotion. The rigorous competition of the natural selection process confirms the effectiveness and efficiency of the present solutions in nature. It is believed that the solutions in nature can inspire ideas to solve the captioned technical challenges at a certain level.
A gap among natural systems, such as biological systems, humans and animals, and artificial systems such as humanoid, animaloid and bio-inspired robots is evident. The embodied intelligence seems to be a new point of view to design robots more similar to biological systems, but gap errors in conceptual design are noted. One of the motivations of this research work is to overcome the workspace limitation of the existing legged robots and machines, using novel and simple approaches based on mechanical modelling.
Based on the motivations, the main aims of this Research Topic are the following:
1) To conceive and present novel mechanisms and machines theories for locomotion, climbing, jumping and running;
2) To propose novel theoretical and applied methods for designing legged machines;
3) To develop novel mechanisms for legged robots;
4) To model the interaction with the environment for the efficient locomotion of the mechanical system.
This Research Topic gives the possibility to include all of these points:
• Humanoid robotics;
• Legged robotics;
• Legged robots;
• Legged machine;
• Biped robots;
• Quadrupedal robots;
• Animaloid robots;
• Soft mechatronics for locomotion;
• Mechanisms for climbing;
• Mechanisms for locomotion;
• Mechanisms for jumping;
• Mechanisms for running;
• Mechanical design of legged robots.
Keywords: Mechatronics, Legged Robots, Legged Machines, Locomotion and Climbing, Running and Jumping
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