Presenter: Katerina Fragkiadaki (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Wednesday December 3, 2014 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

* Alternate Location: Levine 307*

In this talk, we look into the problem of segmenting, tracking, and  extracting 3D time varying shape and camera poses for non-rigid objects in monocular videos.  Our method segments and tracks objects and their parts using past segmentation and tracking experience from a training set, and uses the segmented point trajectories of each object to extract 3D shape assuming a low-rank shape prior.  We segment using motion boundaries and learnt saliency detection, and outperform by a margin the previous state-of-the-art in challenging video scenes.  We ``learn to track’’ usin

Presenter's Biography:

Katerina Fragkiadaki is a post doctoral researcher at the Computer Vision laboratory at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Jitendra Malik. Before that, she completed her Ph.D. in the GRASP Laboratory, at University of Pennsylvania, where she was advised by Prof. Jianbo Shi. Katerina is interested in all aspects of video understanding. In particular, she has been working on estimating human motion and body pose in videos as a means towards inferring what people are doing or want to do next.

Presenter: Matei Ciocarlie (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Thursday December 4, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

* Alternate Location: Levine 307*

In this talk, I will present a number of methods for increasing the versatility of mobile manipulators, from novel hand designs and grasp planning algorithms to Human-in-the-Loop manipulation and its applications in assistive robotics. I will introduce the concept of eigengrasps as the bases of a linear hand posture subspace, and use it to show that, from a grasp planning perspective, a hand does not have to be complex in order to be versatile.

Presenter's Biography:

Matei Ciocarlie is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. His main interest is in reliable robotic performance in unstructured, human environments, focusing on areas such as novel robotic hand designs and control, autonomous and Human-in-the-Loop mobile manipulation, shared autonomy, teleoperation, and assistive robotics. Matei completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University; his doctoral dissertation, focused on reducing the computational complexity associated with dexterous robotic grasping, was the winner of the 2010 Robotdalen Scientific Award. Before joining the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Columbia, Matei was a Research Scientist and then Group Manager at Willow Garage, Inc., a privately funded Silicon Valley robotics research lab, and then a Senior Research Scientist at Google, Inc. In these positions, Matei contributed to the development of the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS), and led research projects in areas such as hand design, manipulation under uncertainty, and assistive robotics. In recognition of his work, Matei was awarded the 2013 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award.

Tuesday November 25, 2014


Monday November 3, 2014

Dr. Vijay Kumar on Mint India...Check out the Video!!!

Dr. Vijay Kumar, roboticist and professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania discusses UAVs, swarm robotics and collaboration with some start-ups to apply his advanced robotics technology in various industries in India.​

Saturday September 13, 2014

The GRASP Lab's Multi Robot Systems Lab was featured in the latest episode of Xploration Earth 2050 on biomimicry called "Bio-Mechanimals." Featured in the video is a discussion about quadrotors and research being done on group dynamics based on ants. GRASP Lab members featured..Monroe Kennedy III, Dr. Vijay Kumar, Yash Mulgaonkar and Justin Thomas!

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