In recent years, Quadruped robots have gained increased attention in the robotics community and industry as solutions that can be used to automate tasks which, so far, have always been relegated to human workers. They can be adopted in dangerous situations where human life can be put at risk, such as rescue scenarios after earthquakes or chemical plant accidents, to perform repetitive tasks such as monitoring, and to address shortage of skilled labour. All these tasks have been scarcely automated for two main reasons. First, they can exhibit environments that are mainly designed for humans, which thereby need legs to be efficiently traversed. Second, non-structured environments require a higher level of perception and motion capability in order to quickly adapt to unexpected situations and avoid failure, which enormously complicates the control synthesis. Their superior stability compared to humanoids, given the presence of multiple legs, together with some recent developments in the quadruped locomotion research field, have so far been the main driving factors for this increased interest in four-legged machines, and nowadays multiple companies are exploring their possible adoption in different applications.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together the Italian research community working with quadruped robots, that has recently reached a critical mass, making it important to organize a dedicated workshop.