At the start of each semester a core seminar series is announced featuring guest speakers from around the world and from varying backgrounds in robotics. In addition to guest speakers, on campus research projects have also been presented.

Recent Submissions

  • Mixed-integer Convex Formulations for Planning Nonlinear Dynamics in Complex Environments 

    Tedrake, Russ (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-10-19)
    Humanoid robots walking across intermittent terrain, robotic arms grasping multifaceted objects, or UAVs darting left or right around a tree — many of the dynamics and control problems we face today have an inherently ...
  • Robust Agility and Safety for Dynamic Aerial Manipulation and Legged Locomotion 

    Sreenath, Koushil (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-10)
    Biological systems are able to move with great elegance, agility, and efficiency in a wide range of environments. Endowing machines with similar capabilities requires designing controllers that can address the challenges ...
  • Future of Autonomous Vehicles 

    Washington, Ken (2016-10-13)
  • Closing the Gap Between Machine Learning and Robotics 

    Boots, Byron (2016-10-05)
    Given a stream of multimodal sensory data, an autonomous robot must continuously refine its understanding of itself and its environment as it makes decisions on how to act to achieve a goal. These are difficult problems ...
  • Weakly Supervised Learning from Images and Video 

    Laptev, Ivan (2016-09-30)
    Recent progress in visual recognition goes hand-in-hand with the supervised learning and large-scale training data. While the amount of existing images and videos is huge, their detailed annotation is expensive and often ...
  • Beyond Geometric Path Planning: Paradigms and Algorithms for Modern Robotics 

    Hauser, Kris (2016-09-28)
    The development of algorithms to quickly compute collision-free paths for high dimensional systems was a major achievement in the field of motion planning in the 2000s. Despite this progress, recent advances in affordable ...
  • Toward Robots that Understand People and Their Environment 

    Fox, Dieter (2016-09-21)
    To interact and collaborate with people in a natural way, robots must be able to recognize objects in their environments, accurately track the actions of humans, and estimate their goals and intentions. The last years have ...
  • Challenges and Opportunities within Maritime Autonomy and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division 

    Bays, Matthew (2016-09-08)
    Interest in unmanned systems has increased considerably within the maritime domain and specifically the U.S. Navy over the last several decades. However, the littoral (shallow water) and undersea environments offer unique ...
  • Robot-assisted Surgery: A Platform for New Technologies and Algorithms 

    Jarc, Anthony (2016-09-07)
    Intuitive Surgical is the global leader in the rapidly emerging field of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. To date, skilled surgeons using da Vinci Systems have performed more than 3 million minimally invasive ...
  • University of Michigan’s Work Toward Autonomous Cars 

    Eustice, Ryan M. (2016-04-20)
    Self-driving test vehicles have become a reality on roadways, and there is an ever-present push toward making them a consumer product in the not-so-distant future. In this talk, I will give an overview of some of our ...
  • The Manipulation Action Grammar: A Key to Intelligent Robots 

    Aloimonos, Yiannis (2016-04-06)
    Humanoid robots will need to learn the actions that humans perform. They will need to recognize these actions when they see them and they will need to perform these actions themselves. In this presentation, it is proposed ...
  • Interactive Sports Analytics: Going Beyond Spreadsheets 

    Lucey, Patrick (2016-03-30)
    Imagine watching a sports game live and having the ability to find all plays which are similar to what just happened immediately. Better still, imagine having the ability to draw a play with the x’s and o’s on an interface, ...
  • Multi-agent Collaboration in Shared Workspace 

    Pellegrinelli, Stefania (2016-03-16)
    In the last decades, the use of robots has become a reality in different industrial sectors, such as the automotive and logistic sectors, in terms of automated or semi-automated cells. On the basis of this trend, it is ...
  • Decision Making in Robots and Animals 

    Lee, Daniel (2016-03-09)
    Current artificial intelligence systems for perception and action incorporate a number of techniques: optimal observer models, Bayesian filtering, probabilistic mapping, trajectory planning, dynamic navigation, and feedback ...
  • Stochastic Control: From Theory to Parallel Computation and Applications 

    Theodorou, Evangelos A. (2016-02-24)
    For autonomous systems to operate in stochastic environments, they have to be equipped with fast decision-making processes to reason about the best possible action. Grounded on first principles in stochastic optimal control ...
  • From (Inverse) Optimal Control to Joint (Cooperative) Sequential Manipulation and Motion Planning 

    Toussaint, Marc (2016-02-10)
    With this talk, my aim is to give a more integrated view on my research. I will start with the planning-as-inference framework and its implications in the context of stochastic optimal control. While this, in principle, ...
  • Towards an Integrated Architecture for Open-World Human-Robot Interactions 

    Scheutz, Matthias (2016-01-27)
    “Open-world” human-robot interactions differ significantly from “closed-world” human-robot interactions because not all task-relevant information is available at the beginning of the interaction in the former (while it is ...
  • Robotic and Haptic Manipulation 

    Xiao, Jing (2016-01-20)
    Autonomous manipulation remains one of the most important challenges for robots, especially in cluttered environments with uncertainty and unknowns. Haptic simulation of manipulation is highly desirable for virtual training, ...
  • Vision-Based Monitoring of Behavioral Disorders 

    Papanikolopoulos, Nikolaos P. (2016-01-13)
    This work involves algorithms to assist with the early diagnosis of children who are at risk of developing behavioral disorders. Previous research has indicated that two critical areas of behavioral investigation for use ...
  • Multirobot Coordination: From High-level Specification to Correct Execution 

    Ayanian, Nora (2015-12-02)
    Using a group of robots in place of a single complex robot to accomplish a task has many benefits, including simplified system repair, less down time, and lower cost. Combining heterogeneous groups of these multi-robot ...

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