Multiscale Robotics and Control: From Microns and Millimeters to Human Size
Popa, Dan O.
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Established more than half a century ago, the fields of control and robotics are continuously evolving by expanding their scale-independent toolboxes into new domains of science and engineering. In this talk, we use examples from our recent research to highlight surprising findings from applying control and robotics tools to micro world, at one end of the scale size, and to human-robot interaction, at the other end. At small scales, manufacturing and physics constraints are pushing robots toward a higher degree of autonomy. Examples of these include microfactories and mobile microrobotic swarms that do not require human intervention. At larger scales, robot companions require a higher degree of interactivity, usability, and personalization. Examples of these include physical human-robot interaction and advanced communication methods with the sole purpose to solidify the adaptive relationship between robots and humans.
- IRIM Seminar Series