Presenter: Soon-Jo Chung (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Thursday February 13, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

The rapid and ubiquitous proliferation of reliable rotorcraft platforms such as quadcopters has resulted in a boom in aerial robotics. However, rotorcraft have issues of safety, high noise levels, and low efficiency for forward flight.

Presenter's Biography:

Prof. Soon-Jo Chung received the S.M. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Sc.D. degree in Estimation and Control from MIT in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He received the B.S. degree from KAIST in 2000 (school class rank 1/120). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Beckman Fellow of the U. of Illinois Center for Advanced Study (2014-2015). His research areas include nonlinear control and estimation theory and optimal/robust flight controls with application to aerial robotics, distributed spacecraft systems, and computer vision-based navigation. He is a recipient of the 2014 UIUC Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and two best conference paper awards from IEEE and AIAA. He also received multiple teaching recognitions including the UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and the instructor/advisor for the 1st place winning team of the AIAA Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition. Prof. Chung has been a Member of the Guidance & Control Analysis Group in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a JPL Summer Faculty Fellow/Affiliate working on distributed small satellites during the summers of 2010-2014.

Presenter: Marcell Missura (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Monday October 6, 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

* Alternate Location: Levine 307*

Bipedal Walking is a balance critical full body motion that demands fast controller response in order to maintain stability with the right steps at the right time. Aside from the complexity of the walking motion itself, sensor and actuation noise on real hardware combined with latency in the sensomotoric feedback loop make the computation of well placed footsteps a particularly challenging task. In this presentation, an inverted pendulum based method will be introduced that produces an omnidirectional walk with a good amount of stability for various disturbances.

Presenter's Biography:

Marcell Missura is a PhD student at the University of Bonn in Germany. His focus is the research of bipedal walking. Marcell is also the team leader of the robot soccer team NimbRo that earned the world champion title in the TeenSize class of the RoboCup Humanoid League several years in a row.

Thursday August 14, 2014

GRASP Faculty member, Dr. Mark Yim,  comments in "1,000-Robot Swarm Created by Researchers" on ScientificAmerican

Monday August 18, 2014

GRASP Faculty member, Dr. Mark Yim,  comments in "Hotel's Robotic Butler Is Not Quite 'Rosie'" on TechNewsWorld

Sunday June 1, 2014

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Congratulations to Yash Mulgaonkar!!! First Place at 2014 ASME Student Mechanism & Robot Design Competition


Friday August 29, 2014

'Project Wing'

On Bloomberg TV, Vijay Kumar of Engineering and Applied Science says “there is a business case to be made” for commercially viable delivery dron

Friday August 29, 2014

Rehabilitation With the Help of Robots

Text by Heather A. Davis
Photos by Scott Spitzer

From automated assembly lines to personalized flying drones, robots are opening up new possibilities in the realms of both work and play.

Monday July 28, 2014

Penn Robotic Soccer Team Reigns Supreme

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Presenter: Adam Spiers (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Monday August 11, 2014 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

* Alternate Location: Levine 307*

In this talk I will cover two quite different areas of research that are linked by the common theme of haptics.

Presenter's Biography:

Ad Spiers is a postdoctoral researcher in Yale University’s Grab lab. He is currently developing haptic navigation devices and investigating how upper limb amputees use their prosthetics in daily life. In his previous role (Bristol robotics laboratory, UK) Ad worked with NHS (National Health Service) surgeons to investigate benefits and methods of enabling haptic feedback in tele-operated surgery and training simulators. His PhD, obtained from Bristol University, was in the real-time synthesis of human-like reaching movements for robot manipulators.

In addition to academic research, Ad has been involved in various creative technology projects featuring robotics and haptics. This led to a (now long distance) invited residence at the Pervasive Media Studio creative technology hub in the UK. Previous work has included groups of animatronic origami creatures and a mind controlled beer pouring robot. His work has been exhibited in galleries and music festivals, reaching a wide and varied audience. His current haptics work continues his ongoing collaboration with visually impaired artists looking to create new and accessible forms of cultural experience.