About robots, robot development
and those who make it happen


  • Type, Locomotion:
  • Humanoid
  • Released:
  • 2010
  • CHARLI L is a bipedal humanoid robot developed by engineering students at Virginia Tech Robotics Mechanism Laboratory (RoMeLa). CHARLI stands for Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence. Standing 4.7 feet and weighing 27 pounds, this humanoid robot has four moving limbs and a head that make it look almost human.

    Dennis Hong, who is an associate professor in Virginia Tech, is the adviser of a group of graduate and undergrad students building two models of CHARLI robot: L and H. CHARLI L is the lighter model while CHARLI H is the heavier one. The former model is now walking and is learning the ropes of playing soccer, while the latter is still under development.

    CHARLI L robot is designed to walk on even ground inside homes and to learn how to do a perfect soccer ball kick.


    • Has a total of 29 motors in its head, arms and legs
    • Moves around on even grounds
    • 5-fingered hand capable of basic gestures
    • Capable of tilting its head and torso
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