Agility Robotics was founded in late 2015 as a spinoff of Oregon State University, to commercialize research from the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory on bipedal locomotion. Our main office in Albany OR opened in the fall of 2016, and our east coast location opened in Pittsburgh PA in June 2018.
ATRIAS was the culmination of a 7 year research program to build a bipedal robot that captures the dynamics of animals. Animal-like dynamics yield animal-like capabilities “for free”.
Cassie is the result of engineering optimization on the design principles of ATRIAS; capturing animal-like dynamics while producing a rugged product for customers. Cassie v1 was further refined into v3, the version launched commercially in 2017.
Co-founders Damion and Jonathan are friends from grad school at Carnegie Mellon, and Mikhail was the lead controls engineer on the successful ATRIAS project demonstrated at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in July 2015. Steve joined in 2018 to lead business development at our Pittsburgh office.
Jonathan Hurst, PhD
Damion Shelton, PhD
VP Business Dev
Our team has been expanding rapidly and includes controls, mechanical and electrical engineering, software, and manufacturing veterans from both robotics and non-robotics backgrounds.