The fundamental idea behind WELDON is to find abstract and mathematical correspondences between robotic bipedal walking tasks and nonprehensile manipulation actions. If such a mapping is found, then it is possible to reuse the tools already discovered in the robotic manipulation field within the younger robotic locomotion context. Grasping, static walking and balancing share some common problems and mathematical models. Nevertheless, human walking is much more dynamic than static. Energy efficiency is also important, and it has been mainly investigated for passive walkers.

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