Jerry Pratt

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
40 South Alcaniz Street
Pensacola, FL 32502







Note: I currently have two home pages. The other one is here. Some day I hope to merge the two and clean them up...

Jerry E. Pratt (Ph.D., M.Eng., and B.S. degrees from M.I.T. in Computer Science and B.S. degree from M.I.T. in Mechanical Engineering) is a research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). He comes to IHMC from Yobotics, Inc., a small company that he cofounded in 2000. At Yobotics, Jerry helped develop the “RoboWalker”, a powered orthotic bracing system (an exoskeleton) that is intended to enhance the gait of individuals with disabilities, and allow one to carry large loads while hiking over rough terrain with little effort. Prior to founding Yobotics, Jerry worked at the M.I.T. Leg Laboratory, where he designed, built, and controlled several bipedal robots. His approach of maximizing speed, agility, and biological similarity through the understanding of biological counterparts, is helping to remove the stereotype of robots as being clunky, jerky-moving machines. At IHMC Jerry is leads a research team that concentrates on the understanding and modeling of bipedal and quadrupedal gait and the applications of that understanding in the fields of robotics, human assistive devices, and man-machine interfaces. Jerry’s hobbies include sailing, playing board games, football, basketball, and paintball.


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