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Maryland Robotics Center Seminars

Most seminars in the series are held on Fridays. Please check individual seminar information for times and specific locations.

Spring 2015

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Feb. 27
Robots Learning Action Plans by Watching YouTube Videos
Yiannis Aloimonos
Computer Science and UMIACS
Affiliate Faculty, ISR

March 6
Ants as Inspiration for Modular and Soft Robotics

David Hu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biology
Georgia Institute of Technology

March 13
Inference and Planning for Aggressive Autonomous Flight
Nicholas Roy
Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 17
Scalable 3D fabrication of soft machines
Rob Shepherd
Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University

April 24
Design and Integration of Novel Field Robots and Robotic Exoskeletons
Pinhas Ben-Tzvi
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Founding Director, Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory
George Washington University

May 15
Working Well With Others: The Future of Collaborative Robotics in Manufacturing
Jeremy Marvel
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Fall 2014

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Sept. 10
(Gliding) Robotic Fish: Swim or Not Swim
Xiaobo Tan
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michigan State University
and ISR/ECE alumnus
| video |

Oct. 3
Analysis and Simulation for Robotic Systems Performing Contact Tasks: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Jeff Trinkle
Program Director
National Robotics Initiative and Robust Intelligence
Information and Intelligent Systems Division
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
National Science Foundation
Director of the CS Robotics Lab
Department of Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Oct. 10
Virtual Reality: The Next Generation
Steve LaValle
Professor, University of Illinois
Research Scientist, Oculus/Facebook

Oct. 10
Soft Multifunctional Materials for Soft Robotics
Carmel Majidi
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
| video |

Dec. 12
Cognitive Robotics and Human Robot Interaction
Greg Trafton
Head, Intelligent Systems Section
Naval Research Laboratory

Spring 2014

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

April 11
Recent algorithms for the assignment problem in multi-robot task allocation
Dylan Shell
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
| video |

May 9
Computation of Robot Motion Plans from Complex High-Level Specifications
Lydia E. Kavraki
Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering
Rice University

May 16
Secure state-estimation and control for dynamical systems under adversarial attacks
Paulo Tabuada
UCLA Electrical Engineering
| video |


Fall 2013

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

October 11
Robots (and Informatics) to the Rescue.
Robin Murphy
Texas A&M University
| video |

October 14
Artificial mind with emotion and sociality.
Minoru Asada
Osaka University

October 25
Feedback Control of Bipedal Locomotion: Theory and Experiment
Jessy W. Grizzle
University of Michigan
| video |

Spring 2013

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

February 22
Symbiotic Autonomy: Robots, Humans and the Web
Manuela M. Veloso
Carnegie Mellon University

March 1
Visual Guidance of Flight in Bees & Birds, & Applications to Robotics
Mandyam Srinivasan
Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland

March 8
FIRST Robotics in Maryland – Inspiring STEM Excellence
Bill Duncan
Regional Director in Maryland for FIRST,
Executive Director of STEMaction, Inc.

April 5
Design and Control of Complex Dynamical Systems at United Technologies Corp
Sonja Glavaski
Control Systems Group Leader
United Technologies Research Center

April 26
Coordinated Robotics: From Agility to Perception
Thomas Bewley
Director, Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs
University of California, San Diego
| video |

May 16
Grounding Natural Language in Robot Control and Perception Systems
Dieter Fox
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Director, UW Robotics and State Estimation Lab
University of Washington

Fall 2012

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

November 2
Identification of Feedback Controllers in Locomoting Animals
Noah J Cowan
Johns Hopkins University

November 30
National Robotics Initiative & Innovation Corps
Richard Voyles

December 14
Collaborative Robot Tracking of Geophysical Flows: How Local Measurements Discover Global Structures
M. Ani Hsieh
Drexel University

Spring 2012

May 3
Modular & Reconfigurable Robots
Mark Yim
University of Pennsylvania

April 27
Why drive (autonomously) when you can fly (autonomously)?
Sanjiv Singh
Carnegie Mellon University

April 6
Self-Organization in Networks of Autonomous Systems
Daniela Rus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

March 9
Applying Principles from Biology to the Design and Operation of Robots
Mark Cutkosky
Stanford University

February 17
Enabling better Human-Robot Interaction Through Cognition
Alan C. Schultz
Naval Research Laboratory


Fall 2011  

November 18
Stochastic Models in Robotics
Greg Chirikjian
Johns Hopkins University

October 28
Biologically-Inspired Approaches for Collaboration of Heterogeneous Autonomous Naval Systems
Marc Steinberg
Office of Naval Research

October 21
Planning and Decision-Making for Underwater Robot Teams: Algorithms and Experiments
Gaurav Sukhatme
University of Southern California

October 7
Biomimetic Millirobots
Ron Fearing
UC Berkeley

September 23
Algorithms for Feedback Motion Planning with examples using Walking Robots and Robotics Birds
Russ Tedrake
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Spring 2011  

April 29
Motion Planning for Physical Robotics
Dinesh Manocha
University of North Carolina

April 22
Robots and the Human
Oussama Khatib
Stanford University

April 1
Human-Centered Control Systems for Robot-Assisted Medical Interventions
Allison Okamura
Johns Hopkins University

February 25
Autonomous 3-D Flight and Cooperative Control of Multiple Micro Aerial Vehicles
Vijay Kumar
University of Pennsylvania

January 28
Hovering Quad-Rotor Control: A Comparison of Nonlinear Controllers Using Visual Feedback
Rogelio Lozano
Université de Technologie de Compiègne


Fall 2010  

November 12
A National Robotics Effort
Henrick Christensen
Georgia Institute of Technology

October 29
Partitioned and Hybrid Methods for Visual Servo Control
Seth Hutchinson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

September 17
Nereus Hybrid Underwater Robotic Vehicle
Louis Whitcomb
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Spring 2010  

May 14
Microsurgery Assistant System for Retinal Surgery
Russell Taylor
Johns Hopkins University

April 30
Pursuit and Cohesion: Bio-inspiration for Collective Robotics
Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad
Institute for Systems Research and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

April 23
Generality and Simple Hands: Automation and Robotics
Matthew T. Mason
Carnegie Mellon University



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