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Fall 2009 GRASP Seminar: Martin Buehler, IRobot Corporation, “Mobile Robots that Make a Difference – on the Ground, Under Water, and in the Research Lab”

October 30, 2009 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Mobile robots are becoming widely deployed, thanks to their increasing
utility and affordability. They have started to carve out niches where
there is a value proposition for users in the home, the military, and
industry. This presentation will describe some of the current iRobot
systems that have benefited from these trends. With thousands of ground
robots deployed for tasks like IED neutralization, where they save
lives every day, the question from the users is no longer whether there
is a need for robots, but when more capabilities will be available.
This presentation will illustrate our research efforts to develop
tomorrow’s platforms and capabilities, ranging from throwbots to
shape-shifting soft robots, and from efforts to increase autonomy to
projects in multi-robot control, collaborative robots, HRI and


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Dr. Martin Buehler is the Chief Roboticist and a Research Principal
Investigator in the research group at iRobot Corporation. From
2003-2008, he was the Director of Robotics at Boston Dynamics, and
Chief Engineer for the BigDog project. From 1991 to 2003, he was an
Assistant, then an Associate Professor with tenure at McGill
University. His research focused on legged robots, sensor based dynamic
grasping, and direct drive motor control. Buehler grew up in the
rural Black Forest region of southern Germany, and studied electrical
engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. He received the M.Sc. and
Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Yale University in 1985
and 1990. After a PostDoc at MIT’s leglab, he joined McGill University
in 1991 as an NSERC Junior Industrial Research Chair and a Scholar of
the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Buehler has served as an
Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation
and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Robotics
Research. Currently he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Field
Robotics, and serves on the Advisory Board of the International Journal
of Robotics Research. He has over 100 publications on mobile robots,
manipulation and motor control, co-edited the 2007 Springer book on the
DARPA Grand Challenge, and the upcoming 2009 Springer book on the DARPA
Urban Challenge.


October 30, 2009
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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