Friday May 6, 2011

Karlin Bark, postdoc under Katherine Kuchenbecker, received one of five awards chosen annually from hundreds of applicants!

The fellowship description from the L'Oreal website, http://www.lorealusa.com/_en/_us/index.aspx, is below...

Tuesday May 3, 2011

Innovation Award: GRASP Lab

Event Date(s):
  Tuesday April 26, 2011 at 12:00pm

Five classes.  207 students.  One event.  It's time for MEAMapalooza 2011!

Friday April 1, 2011

Penn Engineering has developed a suite of autonomous aerial robots that can autonomously navigate into unknown, three-dimensional environments, explore to obtain valuable information about the environment from its sensors and transmit this information in the form of a three-dimensional map to human operators who are safely located in a remote spot. All of the calculations required to fly, explore and map a structure is done onboard the robot; they do not rely on a human operator to control them.

Wednesday March 16, 2011

"Cooperation Leads To Smarter Robots"  in ElectronicDesign.com
Read the full article here...

Presenter: Chris Bregler (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Friday May 6, 2011 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

* Alternate Location: Towne 100 (Heilmeier Hall )*

This talk will cover several research projects centered around the use of vision and motion capture for animation, recognition, and gaming. This includes human movements as diverse as subtle eye-blinks, lip-motions, spine-deformations, human walks and dances, politicians, base-ball pitchers, and online and offline crowd games. The technical content of the talk focuses on the trade-off between data-driven and crowd-sourced models of human motion vs. analytically derived and perceptually driven models using dancers, animators, linguists, and other domain experts.

Presenter's Biography:

Chris Bregler is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at NYU's Courant Institute. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1995 and 1998 and his Diplom from Karlsruhe University in 1993. Prior to NYU he was on the faculty at Stanford University and worked for several companies including Hewlett Packard, Interval, Disney Feature Animation, and LucasFilm's ILM. He was named Stanford Joyce Faculty Fellow and Terman Fellow in 1999. He received the Olympus Prize for achievements in computer vision and AI in 2002, and was named a Sloan Research Fellow in 2003. He was the chair for the SIGGRAPH 2004 Electronic Theater and Computer Animation Festival. At CVPR 2008 he was awarded the IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize for "Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision that have withstood the test of time". He holds a few motion capture world records (according to The Motion Capture Society).

Presenter: Siddhartha Srinivasa (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Friday April 15, 2011 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Robots are extremely effective in environments like factory floors that are structured for them, and currently ineffective in environments like our homes that are structured for humans. At the Personal Robotics Lab, we are developing building blocks of perception, navigation, manipulation, and interaction to enable robots to perform useful tasks in environments structured for humans.

Presenter's Biography:

Dr. Siddhartha Srinivasa is a Senior Research Scientist with Intel Labs Pittsburgh.  He founded the Personal Robotics Lab (http://personalrobotics.intel-research.net/) at Intel Pittsburgh and co-directs the Manipulation Lab at CMU.  Dr. Srinivasa's research focus is on developing perception, planning, and learning algorithms that enable robots to accomplish useful manipulation tasks in dynamic and cluttered indoor environments. He co-founded the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation in 2010, is an Associate Editor of IEEE ICRA 2010, 2011, and an Area Chair for RSS 2011. Dr. Srinivasa's work won the Best Paper Award at HRI 2010, and was a Finalist at IEEE ICRA 2009 and 2010, and IROS 2010.

KodLab, part of the GRASP Lab at Penn, officially releases info on their latest RHex robot, X-RHex, to the world. X-RHex is the latest version of the highly mobile RHex platform, designed with greater strength, longer runtime, and more mobility than previous versions, with a modular payload architecture to support a variety of research needs.

Thursday January 20, 2011

KodLab, part of the GRASP Lab at Penn, officially releases info on their latest RHex robot, X-RHex, to the world. X-RHex is the latest version of the highly mobile RHex platform, designed with greater strength, longer runtime, and more mobility than previous versions, with a modular payload architecture to support a variety of research needs.

Presenter: Parikshit Shah (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Wednesday January 26, 2011 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In this talk we consider the problem of decentralized control of linear systems. We employ the theory of partially ordered sets to model and analyze a class of decentralized control problems. Posets have attractive combinatorial and algebraic properties; the combinatorial structure enables us to model a rich class of communication structures in systems, and the algebraic structure allows us to reparametrize optimal control problems to convex problems.

Presenter's Biography:

Parikshit Shah is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He received his SM from Stanford University in 2005 and his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2003.