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GRASP on Robotics: Jing Xiao, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, “Perception-Action Synergy in Uncertain Environments”

April 8, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

This event was held live, in person, in Wu and Chen, and livestreamed via Zoom…


Many robotic applications require a robot to operate in an environment with unknowns or uncertainty, at least initially, before it gathers enough information about the environment. In such a case, a robot must rely on sensing and perception to feel its way around. Moreover, it has to couple sensing/perception and motion synergistically in real time, such that perception guides motion, while motion enables better perception. In this talk, I will introduce our research in combining perception and motion of a robot to achieve autonomous contact-rich assembly, object recognition, object modeling, and constrained manipulation in uncertain or unknown environments, under force/torque, RGBD, or touch sensing. I will also introduce our recent work on integrated semantic SLAM and accurate loop closure detection, SmSLAM+LCD.


Jing Xiao

Jing Xiao

Jing Xiao received her Ph.D. degree in Computer, Information, and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is the Deans’ Excellence Professor, William B. Smith Distinguished Fellow in Robotics Engineering, Professor and Head of the Robotics Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She is also the Site Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Robots and Sensors for Human Well-being. She joined WPI as the Director of the Robotics Engineering Program in 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received the College of Computing Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2015. She led the Robotics Engineering Program to become the Robotics Engineering Department in July 2020. Jing Xiao is an IEEE Fellow. Her research spans robotics, haptics, and intelligent systems. She has co-authored a monograph and published extensively in major robotics journals, conferences, and books. Jing Xiao served as the Program Director of the NSF Robotics and Human Augmentation Program (8/1998-12/2000). She was elected to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Administrative Committee for three terms. She also served as the IEEE RAS Vice President for Member Activities for two terms (2014-2017) and received the 2016 IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award.


April 8, 2022
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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Wu and Chen Auditorium
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