History of the TriPed

The TriPed was first envisioned by Professor Badreddin in 2002 as a nonbiomimetic robot. Meaning a robot, which unlike conventional walking machines, is not inspired by animals but instead the fundamental principles of walking.

It has 3 legs because that’s all you need to stand stably. It doesn’t have knees because those are only needed for crouching and climbing not walking itself. The first theoretical research on the TriPed considered how such a system could feasibly walk. The Original Version however was never build.

When in 2019 a new research cooperation between Professor Badreddins automation lab, Professor Masias aries lab and Professor Peter Potts Institute of Medical Device Technology had need for a demonstrator, a new version of the robot was disgned build by Peter Potts team and delivered to Heidelberg. Since Professor Badreddin is now an emeritus, the new TriPed robot now serves as part of the Aries lab.

old triped

Robotics Network Heidelberg

If the TriPed piqued your interest, you might ask yourself how you can get involved in Robotics at Heidelberg University. This Site is a short overview of available lectures and practicals and how they would help you to get the necessary knowledge to be involved with the TriPed.

All of these courses are part of the Ziti, which offers the nonconsecutive Master computer engineering .
The Master offers a specialization in Robotics with which multiple of these courses are associated with.
It should be noted however that most of these courses are also be attended by physics, maths, and computer science students, please check your “modulhandbuch” for more information.

Theoretical Robotics Courses

The following courses provide theoretical foundations of robotics.
Students will learn how to model a robot like the TriPed and control it using optimal control techniques.

Robotics 1

Robotics 2

Biomechanics and Biorobotics

Haptics and Human Robot Interaction / Rehabilitation

Practical Robotics Courses

The following courses provide practical experience in robotics. Students will learn how to program robots using a variety of industry-standard tools.

Robotics Practica

Robotic Games

Courses on Embedded Controller Design

While not technically about robotics, the TriPed robot is dependent upon embedded controllers which actuate its legs and ensure the safety of the system.
Such controllers can be implemented on microcontrollers, FGGAs, or other embedded hardware.
The following courses provide not only the foundation of control theory (on which a lot of robotic tools build upon) but also introduction to embedded development.

Control Systems Design

Reconfigurable Embedded Systems

Parallel System Architecture

Microcontroller Based Embedded Systems