Bipedal Walking Robot Lucy

The Robotics and Multibody Mechanics Research Group

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The Robotics and Multibody Mechanics Research Group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) started its research activities on computer-aided analysis of rigid and flexible mechanical systems in 1990. Its main research is focused on kinematical and dynamical simulations and on the development of new actuators as well as on the control of these mechanical systems.

This site focuses on the development of a biped named "LUCY".

click to enlarge picture of Lucy
click to see a movie of Lucy walking on a treadmill (12/4/2006)

Click here for all the research activities of the The Robotics and Multibody Mechanics Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Robotboek "Robots Binnenstebuiten"

Bram Vanderborght is author of the science popularizing book "Robots Binnenstebuiten" for children from 10 years. The book is written in Dutch and will launched in September 2008. More info later.

ISBN: 9789059320000
Price: 15.95

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Cover robotbook "Robots Binnenstebuiten" (pdf)

Public PhD Bram Vanderborght

Bram Vanderborght will defend his PhD on Friday 25th May 2007 (18:00).

Dynamic stabilisation of the biped Lucy powered by actuators with controllable stiffness

If you want to attend the public defence please send an email to Bram Vanderborght.

How to reach the VUB, the defence will take place in building K (2nd floor), the visit of the lab in building Z.

Click here to download the dissertation (PDF16MB)
Click here to download the compilation video of the biped Lucy (wmv72MB)
Click here to download the video of the public presentation (in Dutch 79MB)

His Majesty King Albert II visits Robotics lab of Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Click here for all the pictures

Compilation movie ROBOTS

These movies contain fragments of the most important robots we have seen so far.

Compilation movie high resolution - edition 2007 (162 MB)
Compilation movie - edition 2007 (You Tube)

Compilation movie - edition 2006 (75 MB)
Compilation movie small - edition 2006 (11 MB)

Compilation movie - edition 2005 (210 MB)
Compilation movie small - edition 2005 (31 MB)

Altran Foundation for Innovation Award 2005

The jury has short-listed our project "ALTACRO" amongst the 6 finalists from the 110 projects submitted. more info
Altacro Step Rehabilitation Robot

Diary ROBOTWEEK World Expo Aichi, Japan

Here is our diary of the robotweek at the World Expo in Aichi, Japan. It is for the present in Dutch, but it will be translated soon. It contains a lot of interesting movies!

National and international collaborations


Lucy has been built with the financial support of the Research Council (OZR) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Bram Vanderborght is Phd student with a grant from the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (Belgium) (FWO).

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