IRIM activities leverage the strengths and resources of Georgia Tech by reaching across traditional boundaries to embrace a multidisciplinary approach. The College of Computing, College of Engineering and the Georgia Tech Research Institute play key, complementary roles through Tech's traditional expertise in interactive and intelligent computing, control, and mechanical engineering.

Emphasizing personal and everyday robotics as well as the future of automation, faculty involved with RIM help students understand and define the future role of robotics in society.

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  • Accelerated Optimization in the PDE Framework 

    Yezzi, Anthony J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-24)
    Following the seminal work of Nesterov, accelerated optimization methods (sometimes referred to as momentum methods) have been used to powerfully boost the performance of first-order, gradient-based parameter estimation ...
  • Mechanical Intelligence in Robotic Manipulation: Towards Human-Level Dexterity in Robotic and Prosthetic Hands 

    Dollar, Aaron M. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-10)
    The human hand is the pinnacle of dexterity – it has the ability to powerfully grasp a wide range of object sizes and shapes as well as delicately manipulate objects held within the fingertips. Current robotic and prosthetic ...
  • Mathematics and Learning for Agile and Dynamic Bipedal Locomotion 

    Grizzle, Jessy W. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-26)
    Is it great fortune or a curse to do legged robotics on a university campus that has Maya Lin’s earthen sculpture, The Wave Field? Come to the talk and find out! Our work on model-based feedback control for highly dynamic ...
  • Robotic Skins That Turn Inanimate Objects Into Multifunctional Robots 

    Kramer-Bottiglio, Rebecca (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-12)
    Robots generally excel at specific tasks in structured environments, but lack the versatility and adaptability required to interact with and locomote within the natural world. To increase versatility in robot design, my ...
  • Creating Robots That See 

    Corke, Peter (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-08-29)
    This talk will define and motivate the problem of robotic vision, the challenges as well as recent progress at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. This includes component technologies such as novel cameras, deep ...
  • Deep Learning to Learn 

    Abbeel, Pieter (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-08-20)
    Reinforcement learning and imitation learning have seen success in many domains, including autonomous helicopter flight, Atari, simulated locomotion, Go, robotic manipulation. However, sample complexity of these methods ...
  • Geometry and Mechanics of Feet and Fins 

    Venkadesan, Madhusudhan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-04-11)
    The stiffness of propulsive appendages, such as feet and fins, is important in locomotory function. In this talk, I show that curvature-induced stiffness is the common principle underlying the stiffness of both primate ...
  • Soft Miniature Mobile Robots 

    Sitti, Metin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-02-28)
    Soft functional materials could enable physical intelligence for small-scale (from a few millimeters down to a few micrometers overall size) mobile robots by enabling them with unique capabilities such as shape changing ...
  • Robots with Privacy Stipulations 

    Shell, Dylan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-02-14)
    In late July last year, it came to light that iRobot Corp. intended to sell the maps that modern Roomba vacuum cleaning robots build to help them navigate. This caused a public furor among consumers. This situation and ...
  • Physics-Based Manipulation With and Around People 

    Srinivasa, Siddhartha (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-01-31)
    Robots manipulate with super-human speed and dexterity on factory floors, but they fail even under moderate amounts of clutter or uncertainty. However, human teleoperators perform remarkable acts of manipulation with the ...
  • Computational Surgery: Helping Surgeons Avoid Mistakes with Better Robots 

    Kowalewski, Timothy M. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-08)
    Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Despite over a decade of clinician-led efforts in policy and education, this issue remains. In the meantime, hospitals have adopted ...
  • Vision Based Navigation and Tracking with Small UAVs 

    Beard, Randal W. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-01)
    This talk will describe our current work on vision-based autonomous navigation and tracking using small UAVs and provide an overview of two ongoing projects. The first project is relative navigation in GPS degraded ...
  • Developing Sensing and Robotics Technologies for Plant Phenomics 

    Li, Changying (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-25)
    Feeding a world population of 9 billion people by 2050 amidst increasing climate variability is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The genomics revolution provides unprecedented power to develop new and ...
  • Preparing for the Coming Machine Revolution 

    D'Andrea, Raffaello (2017-11-08)
    Spanning academics, business, and the arts, Raffaello D’Andrea’s career is built on his ability to bridge theory and practice. At the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, his research redefines the ...
  • The Evolution of Soft Robotics 

    Shepherd, Robert (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-18)
    The field of soft mechanisms and sensors provides an exciting opportunity for new hardware development in robotics, a field that is becoming more and more important. This talk describes the development of soft mechanisms, ...
  • Cyber Human Interaction: A Control Systems/Robotics Perspective on Functional Electrical Stimulation 

    Dixon, Warren (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-04)
    Application of an electric field across skeletal muscle causes muscle contractions that produce limb movement. Clinicians have long prescribed electrical stimulation as a means to strengthen muscle; however, clinicians ...
  • Autonomous, Agile, Vision‐Controlled Drones: From Frame to Event Vision 

    Scaramuzza, Davide (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-09-22)
    Autonomous quadrotors will soon play a major role in search‐and‐rescue and remote‐inspection missions, where a fast response is crucial. Quadrotors have the potential to navigate quickly through unstructured environments, ...
  • Stochastic Models in Robotics 

    Chirikjian, Gregory (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04-20)
    Many stochastic problems of interest in engineering and science involve random, rigid-body motions. In this talk, a variety of stochastic phenomena that evolve on the group of rigid-body motions will be discussed together ...
  • Snakes and Spiders, Robots and Geometry 

    Hatton, Ross L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04-12)
    Locomotion and perception are common threads between robotics and biology. Understanding these phenomena at a mechanical level involves nonlinear dynamics and the coordination of many degrees of freedom. In this talk, ...

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