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Spring 2012 GRASP Seminar: Raffaello D’Andrea, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, “Robustness by Necessity: Zero-Downtime Demos, Competitions, and Live Performances”

January 20, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: A key bottleneck preventing the widespread deployment of robotic and
autonomous systems is robustness. Unfortunately, the university
research environment does little to address this problem: The emphasis
is almost exclusively on new algorithms and capabilities, with
insufficient attention paid to their inherent robustness. In this talk
I discuss several ways in which we have been able to naturally
incorporate robustness in our research: by putting ourselves in
positions where the cost of failure is high.


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Raffaello D’Andrea is professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He also is technical
co-founder and chief technical advisor for Kiva Systems, a company that
develops adaptive and self-configuring warehouse automation systems
using hundreds of networked, mobile robots. He was the faculty advisor
and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four-time world
champions at the international RoboCup competition in Sweden,
Australia, Italy, and Japan. In addition, he has exhibited his work at
various international venues, including the Venice Biennale, Ars
Electronica, the Smithsonian, the Spoleto Festival, and the FRAC
Centre; two of his collaborative projects – The Robotic Chair and The
Table – are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of
Canada. D’Andrea is a recipient of the Invention and Entrepreneurship
in Robotics and Automation Award, the United States Presidential Early
Career Award for Science and Engineering, the National Science
Foundation Career Award, and best paper awards from the American
Automatic Control Council, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, and the International Federation of Automatic Control.


January 20, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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