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GRASP Special Seminar: Matthew Mason, Carnegie Mellon University, “What is Manipulation?”

July 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Abstract: Robotic manipulation has been developing for over fifty years, but the

true history of manipulation goes back for millions of years, including teleoperation, tool-wielding humans (and other animals), and even “naked” humans and other animals. When we draw examples from the

entire history of manipulation, we see a broad set of problems and techniques, and many interesting research opportunities. This talk addresses the dreary issue of how to define manipulation, interspersed

with some potentially less dreary examples of manipulation performance and research, including recent work on “extrinsic dexterity” (which you can find on YouTube).


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Matthew T. Mason earned the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in ComputerScience and Artificial Intelligence at MIT, finishing his PhD in 1982.Since that time he has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is presently Professor of Robotics and ComputerScience. His prior work includes force control, automated assemblyplanning, mechanics of pushing and grasping, automated parts orienting and feeding, and mobile robotics. He is a Fellow of the AAAI, and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a winner of the System Development Foundation Prize and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Pioneer Award.


July 1, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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