Waltham, Mass.-based Boston Dynamics was founded by Raibert in 1992 as a spin-off out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where it developed the first robots that ran and maneuvered like animals. The company is now known for developing the world’s most advanced dynamic robots, including Atlas, BigDog, Handle, SpotMini, and others.

Here, Boston Dynamics CEO and founder Marc Raibert shed new light on their work. Before starting Boston Dynamics, Raibert was Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at MIT and Carnegie Mellon. While at CMU and MIT Raibert founded the Leg Laboratory, a lab that helped establish the scientific basis for highly dynamic robots and that set the stage for the work done at Boston Dynamics. Raibert is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.