Unique leg design and custom motor controllers let our motors behave like springs. Patent-pending direct-drive torque estimation means our robots are quick to react and know exactly how hard they're pushing. This helps us make robots that are safe and careful, yet strong and fast.
Our direct-drive motors have excellent actuator transparency, meaning they can easily conform to the environment when desired, but can also exert large torque when necessary. This high transparency is the inspiration for the name Ghost Robotics.
Avik De is a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He has Bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Math and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering, all from Johns Hopkins University.
Avik's research includes behavioral modularity, bio-inspired robotics, and controls.
Gavin Kenneally is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, funded additionally by scholarships from the Canadian and Quebec governments. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal. Gavin was awarded the Concordia Medal for leadership, and was Valedictorian of his graduating year for the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.
His research includes leg design, actuator transparency, and controls.