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Fall 2023 GRASP on Robotics: Al Rizzi, Boston Dynamics AI, “Developing Robots that are both Physically and Cognitively Capable”

October 6, 2023 at 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

This is a hybrid event with in-person attendance in Wu and Chen and virtual attendance on Zoom.


Dr. Rizzi will provide an overview of the recently established Boston Dynamics AI Institute and its developing research efforts. This will include a discussion of the motivation for developing highly capable dynamic robots, a brief history of some of the robotics research and development work he participated in at Boston Dynamics, and an overview of the goals and projects being undertaken at the AI Institute. One key goal of the AI Institute is to shift the way we think about improving the capability of robot systems by simultaneously developing systems and algorithms that combine high performance mechanisms with highly capable control systems and cutting edge embodied AI systems.

Al Rizzi

Boston Dynamics AI

Al Rizzi has 25 years of experience building a menagerie of cool dynamic robots. As CTO of the Institute, he guides the technical fearlessness and fundamental thinking that underlies the organization’s mission.

Previously, Al served as Chief Scientist at Boston Dynamics, where he directed research targeted at novel locomotion and mobile manipulation systems, including LittleDog, BigDog, WildCat, SandFlea, and Spot. Before joining Boston Dynamics he was a member of the faculty of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.


October 6, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Event Category:


General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab
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Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall
3330 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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