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GRASP Special Seminar – Paolo Robuffo Giordano and Antonio Franchi, Max-Planck Institute, “Towards a New Generation of Multisensory Human-Machine Interfaces for VR and Real-World Applications”

May 10, 2010 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: In this talk, we will present some examples of human-machine interfaces
for VR applications and real-world scenarios. We will focus on two main
areas: interactive simulation of vehicle motion, and remote control of
individual (or swarms) of semi-autonomous agents. The underlying theme
is the full exploitation of different sensory inputs (e.g., visual,
acoustic, haptic, vestibular) to reproduce a perfect illusion of
realism, to improve the situational awareness of human operators, and to
ultimately facilitate their tasks.
We will then present some preliminary results obtained on our
CyberMotion simulator, a versatile motion platform for providing
vestibular (self-motion) cues.


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Paolo Robuffo Giordano received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science
Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from the
Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, Università di Roma “La
Sapienza”, in 2001 and 2008. He was a PostDoc at the Robotics Institute
of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in from 2007 to 2008. He is
currently Project Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biological
Cybernetics, Department Bülthoff, and is in charge of the robotics and
control-related activities. His interests are in the general areas of
robotics and nonlinear control. In particular, he has been working on
kinematic and dynamical modeling of physical systems, motion control of
fixed and mobile manipulators, visual servoing, nonlinear state
estimation, nonholonomic systems, control design for VR applications,
and motion simulation technologies.

Antonio Franchi is a research scientists at the Max Planck Institute for
Biological Cybernetics, Department of Human Perception, Cognition and
Action. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and the
Ph.D. degree in System Engineering from the Department of Computer and
System Sciences of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2005 and
2009. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Control, Dynamical
Systems, and Computation, UCSB, California, under the supervision of
Prof. Francesco Bullo. His research interests lie in the areas of
multi-robot control, human-robot interaction, state estimation and
decentralized algorithms, with applications to exploration,
localization, motion coordination, pursuit-evasion, and patrolling
problems. See http://www.kyb.mpg.de/~antonio for more informations.


May 10, 2010
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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