Alumni

Steve Collins

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I joined the HBCL in 2002 and graduated with a Masters and PhD in 2008. My main thesis work focused on improving energy economy in amputee gait through the use of Controlled Energy Storage and Return (CESR) technology in prosthetic feet. Peter Adamczyk and I have since formed a company, Intelligent Prosthetic Systems, to commercialize such prosthetic foot technologies. During my study here, I also used simulations and human subject experiments to better understand the role of arm swinging in human gait, a topic that I first became interested in while building walking robots. Other projects to which I contributed significantly include the force treadmill project, our study of lateral balance during overground gait, and our study of speed and step length fluctuations in unaffected gait.

Before I joined the HBCL, I did my undergraduate work at Cornell where I built two walking robots under the supervision of Andy Ruina in the Cornell BioRobotics and Locomotion Lab. One of these, the Cornell Biped, demonstrated the best energy economy of any walking biped to date.

I am now doing a post-doc at T.U. Delft in the Netherlands in the Delft BioRobotics Lab with Martijn Wisse. My research here focuses on developing methods for attaining highly economic and highly stable gait in bipedal humanoid robots.

Contact info: stevehcollins@gmail.com

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