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Brian Foster

Associate Director of Robotics


MOTOBOT: The World's Fastest Robot


Can humanoid robots exceed human capabilities? MOTOBOT is a humanoid robot designed to be the world’s best motorcycle racer. What are the design challenges that we face in building these types of robots to be bigger, faster, stronger? Using MOTOBOT as a case study, we will discuss how physics, engineering, risk assessment and failure play important roles in the development of humanoid robots and exceeding known limits.

Meet the Speaker:

Received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2000, and a Maters of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003. Worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company from 2003 to 2016, designing, procuring and testing hardware for spacecraft attitude determination and control systems. Have been with SRI Robotics since 2016, leading large, multi-disciplinary projects such as MOTOBOT and RoboMiner

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