Nadia Humanoid

Nadia Humanoid Project

IHMC is working in collaboration with Boardwalk Robotics to develop a next generation humanoid robot called Nadia. Nadia is designed to have a high power-to-weight ratio and large range of motion through the use of innovative mechanisms and composite materials. Along with the design of the new robot, Nadia is also being used to develop autonomous and semi-autonomous behaviors to allow Nadia to function in urban environments and structures. Because of the main design goal being human-range-of-motion, this robot is named Nadia, after famed gymnast Nadia Comăneci. The development of Nadia is funded through several sources, including the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and TARDEC.

The Nadia project is intended to develop highly mobile ground robots that can function in indoor environments where stairs, ladders, and debris would require a robot to have the same range of motion as a human. While this has any number of applications, it can be particularly useful in firefighting, disaster response, and other scenarios that might be dangerous for humans such as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). Given the right set of capabilities, Nadia will be able to function as a human avatar, providing the capability to extend human presence without placing someone in harm’s way.


 Integrated Smart Actuators

Nadia will be powered by hydraulics, using Moog’s Integrated Smart Actuators (ISAs), originally developed in collaboration with the Instituto Italiano de Technologia (IIT)’s Dynamic Legged Systems Lab for the HyQ quadruped. Moog’s ISAs includes integrated servo valves, control electronics, fieldbus communicators (EtherCAT and CANbus), and onboard sensors. They have a power-to-weight ratio better than human muscles, providing a high level of speed, power, and flexibility, while maintaining a high range of motion.