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GRASP Impact & Innovation: Celebrating 40 Years

September 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

The GRASP Lab is hosting the GRASP 40th anniversary celebration on September 27th -28th. It will include a day and a 1/2 event to celebrate it’s impact over the last 4 decades since being founded in 1979. Hundreds of GRASP alumni and current members will come together for the event to network, reminisce and have the opportunity to listen to an amazing speaker line-up comprised of fellow GRASP alumni currently in academia, industry and government selected from each of the decades. Full details of the schedule are below and registration is now closed. The full program and recordings of the talks will be posted after the event.

The Full GRASP at 40th Program may be viewed here.


September 27th, 2019 – at the Sheraton of University City

08:00 – 09:00     Registration and Continental Breakfast 

09:00 – 12:00     Academic Speaker Presentations (Session Chairs: Dr. Vijay Kumar and Dr. Ruzena Bajscy)

Katerina Fragkiadaki PhD’13
Nora Ayanian PhD’11
Hadas Kress-Gazit PhD’08
Paulo Tabuada PostDoc’03
Eero Simoncelli Faculty’93
Gerda Kamberova PhD’92
Howie Choset UG’90
Peter Allen PhD’85
Ken Goldberg UG’84

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

13:30 – 16:00     Industry/Government Speaker Presentations (Session Chairs: Dr. Kostas Daniilidis and Dr. George Pappas)

Eric Krotkov PhD’87
Angela Lai UG’94/MS’94
Robert Mandelbaum PhD’95
Volkan Isler PhD’04
Katherine Kuchenbecker Faculty’07-’16
Alex Kushleyev UG’07/MS’09
Vivian Chu ROBO’13
Avik De PhD’17

16:00 – 16:30     Break

16:30 – 17:30     Brief Remarks (Session Chair: Dr. Daniel Koditschek)

Franc Solina PhD’87
James Gee PhD’96
Venkat Krovi PhD’98
Bert Tanner PostDoc’03
Calin Belta PhD’08
Kevin Galloway PhD’10
Chinwendu Enyioha PhD’14
Rebecca Pierce Khurshid PhD’15
Philip Dames PhD’15
Monroe Kennedy PhD’19
Feifei Qian PostDoc’19

17:30     Closing Remarks 

Dinner at the Cira Green

18:30 – 22:00     GRASP Alumni & Special Invite Dinner*

*Eventbrite Registration Required

September 28th, 2019 at PERCH

08:30 – 10:30     Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30     GRASP Lab Demos (3rd Floor and Outdoor Aerial Net)

10:30 – 12:00    Selected GRASP Lab Researcher Talks (Outdoor Aerial Net)


September 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am
September 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
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