Wednesday May 11, 2011

Joe Romano is a GRASP PhD student under Katherine Kuchenbecker. His PR2_props code was demonstrated live at the Google I/O 2011 Developer Conference, May 10th and 11th, both on stage and as a demo . Hundreds of Google I/O attendees got to experience the joy of fist-bumping a robot (plus the high-five at the start of the I/O talk).  View the YouTube video.

Thursday May 12, 2011

The GRASP Lab had a fabulous and amazing showing at ICRA 2011 in Shanghai, China. Congratulations to all!!! The following award winners and finalists are listed below:

Best Conference Paper Award:
Daniel Mellinger and Vijay Kumar, Minimum Snap Trajectory Generation and Control for Quadrotors.

Best Associate Editor:
Katherine Kuchenbecker

Modular and Reconfigurable Robot Challenge Winner:
Mark Yim and the ModLab

Presenter: Facundo Mémoli (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Thursday May 12, 2011 from 3:00am to 4:00am

It is well known that the hippocampus plays crucial role in creating a spatial representation of the environment and in forming spatial memories. However, the exact structure of this spatial representation remains unknown. Questions such as whether the experimentally observed patterns of activity of the hippocampal cells may even be considered as a single ?map?

Presenter's Biography:

Facundo Mémoli obtained the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2005. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Math Department at Stanford University where he works with the Computational Algebraic Topology group. Facundo's current research interests involve data and shape analysis, and the design and analysis of algorithms for performing these tasks.

Tuesday May 10, 2011

The University of Pennsylvania RASC-AL team passed the qualifing round has been accepted for competition at the inaugural RASC-AL Robo-Ops Forum.

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,, 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
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).