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[VIRTUAL] Spring 2021 GRASP SFI: Edward Tunstel, Raytheon Technologies Research Center, “Toward Head-Up, Hands-Off Interaction with Human-Collaborative Robots”

March 24, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Robotics is playing an increasing role in many domains, and advanced robots will eventually be applied in a variety of ways as partners to a range of users including factory workers, logistics personnel, and first responders to name a few. End-users and stakeholders are calling for developments that enable teaming of humans with robots. But presently, human operators are often constrained to head-down, hands-on human-robot interaction (HRI) often customized for each unique robot command and control system. To move beyond, more natural and intuitive human-robot interfaces are needed. This talk offers a sense for candidate technologies and additional research needs that would advance HRI toward head-up, hands off paradigms and increased robotic intelligence fostering more efficient human-collaborative operation.


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Dr. Edward Tunstel is Junior Past President of the IEEE SMC Society and an active member of its Technical Committees on Robotics & Intelligent Sensing and on Brain-Inspired Cognitive Systems. He works as Associate Director for Robotics at Raytheon Technologies Research Center leading a research group developing technologies to enable robotic autonomy and human-collaborative capabilities for manufacturing and service applications. He was previously with Johns Hopkins APL for 10 years as Senior Roboticist in its Intelligent Systems Center and as Space Robotics & Autonomous Control Lead in its Space Department engaged in research enabling future national security and space applications. Prior to APL he was with NASA JPL for 18 years as a Senior Robotics Engineer and Group Leader of its Advanced Robotic Controls Group. He worked on the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers mission as flight systems engineer for autonomous navigation and as engineering team lead for mobility & robotic arm subsystem operations during surface mission execution on Mars. He earned B.S. and M.E. degrees in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a Fellow of IEEE with over 170 technical publications in his research interest areas.


March 24, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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