Robots at Work

Sangbae Kim, MIT

Robots at Work

Sangbae Kim, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Sangbae Kim is the director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. His research focuses on advanced legged mobility inspired by principles from complex biological systems. Kim’s achievements on bio-inspired robot development include a climbing robot, Stickybot, that utilizes a synthetic directional adhesive inspired by gecko lizards to climb smooth surfaces. Another high-profile project is the MIT Cheetah, which achieves stable outdoor running at up to 13 miles per hour and autonomously jumps over obstacles by employing biomechanical principles from studies of the best runners in nature.


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