To ski successfully a person needs to coordinate the motion of their limbs to balance on the skis and place the correct pressure on the skis at the right time. Controlled decent of a hill requires the person to continually cross and re-cross the piste, adjusting the line of slope they follow to keep them at a manageable pace. So it is important to be able to turn. This is achieved through a combination of turning at the ankles and applying pressure on the down hill ski.
Project Build a half adult sized bipedal machine that can progress down a ski slope in a controlled manner. This will be through the using of adjusting the centre of mass and rotating the lower legs.
Tasks The project has a series of deliverables
Deliverable 1 Study the way that a human skis. Plus the way that robots are controlled.
Deliverable 2 Design bipedal skiing robot. This will include identifying how many independent motions (degrees of freedom) the robot will need to balance with the centre of mass over the centre of the skis.
Deliverable 3 Build robot and demonstrate that it can perform the required motions and mass shifts to move in a controlled manner.
Deliverable 4 Demonstrate bipedal skier system on a ski slope.
The engineer will have to learn about the way that humans ski along with how to stably control multi joint robots and how to program the controller. Also how to design and produce mechanical devices. Ability to ski is desirable, but not necessary, instruction is possible.