Maryland Robotics Center Seminars

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin


September 14

Rehabilitation Robotics and Movement Primitives

Hermano Igo Krebs

Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adjunct Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

October 26

Autonomous, Agile, Vision-controlled Drones: from Frame to Event Vision

Davide Scaramuzza

Professor of Robotics and Perception
Department of Informatics, University of Zurich
and Neuromatics, University of Zurich and ETH, Zurich

November 16

From Unmanned Aerial Systems to Robonaut2: On-board Runtime Reasoning in Air and Space

Kristin Yvonne Rozier

Assistant Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering and
Computer Science
Iowa State University

November 30

Sensory Mediated Propulsion and Touch in Biorobotic Fins 

James Tangorra

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Drexel University


December 7

Stephen Guy

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

February  16

Temporal Logic Planning for Mobile Robots

Georgios Fainekos

Assistant Professor
School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering (SCIDSE)
Arizona State University

March  30

Teaching Drones to Soar

Jack Langelaan

Associate Professor
Aerospace Engineering
Penn State University

April 13

Biologically Inspired Drones

Dario Floreano

Full Professor
Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems 
Swiss National Center of Competence in Robotics

April 20

Robotic pioneers on Mars and the simulators that drive them

Vandi Verma

Member of Technical Staff
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology

May 4

Making Robots Behave

Leslie Kaelbling


Sponsored by Lockheed Martin


September 22

Synthesis for Robots: Guarantees and Feedback for Complex Behaviors

Hadas Kress-Gazit
Associate Professor
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University

October 20

Cognizant Autonomous Exploration and Mapping Using Aerial Robots

Kostas Alexis
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

November 10

Controlling Agile Robots with Formal Safety Guarantees

Anirudha Majumdar
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Princeton University


December 1


Teaching Drones to Soar

Jack Langelaan
Associate Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering 
Pennsylvania State University


Sponsored by Lockheed Martin


March 10

Cognitive Priming in Human and Autonomous Systems

Laura Hiatt
Research Scientist
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory 

March 17

Grasping and Manipulation:  Towards Humanlike Dexterity

Nancy Pollard
Associate Professor
Robotics Institute and Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University

March 31

Smart Robots for Surgery

Axel Krieger
Assistant Professor
Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
Children's National Health System

April 7

Sampling-Based Motion Planning: From Intelligent CAD to Crowd Simulation to Protein Folding

Nancy Amato
Regents Professor and Unocal Professor 
Computer Science and Engineering 
Texas A&M University

April 21

Robotic Gait Therapy: Are We Finally Getting It Right?

Anindo Roy

Associate Professor
University of MD Medical School, Neurology
Director, Robotics Technology Core, VA RR&D Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence (MERCE)
Faculty, Maryland Robotics Center

April 28

Adaptive Robotic Manipulation Devices for Human Augmentation

Frank L. Hammond III

Assistant Professor of ME and BME
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology


Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

September 23

Haptics: The Technology of Touch

Katherine Kuchenbecker
Class of 1940 Bicentennial Endowed Term Chair Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)
Computer and Information Science (CIS)
University of Pennsylvania

October 28

Bioinspired Aerial and Underwater Robots: Design, Fabrication, and Mathematical Modeling Challenges

Kamran Mohseni
Professor and W.P. Bushenell Endowed Chair
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Networked Autonomous Systems
University of Florida

November 4

Advanced Human-Robot Control and Interaction Interfaces

Panagiotis Artemiadis
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control (HORC) Lab
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
Arizona State University

November 11

Terradynamics of Animal and Robot Locomotion in Complex Terrains

Chen Li
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
John Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering 


December 2

MIT Cheetah: New Design Paradigm Shift Toward Mobile Robots

Sangbae Kim
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

February 19

Distributed Data Fusion: Neighbors, Rumors, and the Art of Collective Knowledge

Mark Campbell

S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
John A. Mellowes '60 Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Cornell University 

March 23

Robophysics: Robotics Meets Physics

Daniel Goldman

Associate Professor
School of Physics
Georgia Tech

April 8

Magnetic Control of Therapy to Hard-to-Reach Disease Targets

Benjamin Shapiro

Bioengineering and Institute for Systems Research
University of Maryland

April 29

Kingsley Fregene
Group Leader, Robotics & Intelligent Systems,
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, Cherry Hill, NJ


TO BE RESCHEDULED  From Snake Robots to Multi-Degree of Freedom Modular Systems

Howie Choset

Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

May 6

Mapping, Localization, and Autonomous Vehicles 

John Leonard

Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
Associate Department Head for Research
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

October 9

Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD) and Cable-driven Exoskeletons for Human Movement Training

Sunil Agrawal
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Columbia University

October 30

Fish 'n' Robots: not a take-out food

Maurizio Porfiri
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
New York University

November 6

Ants as inspiration for modular and soft robotics

David Hu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biology
Georgia Institute of Technology

November 20

Manufacturing, actuation, sensing, and control for robotic insects

Robert J. Wood
Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University

December 4

Stretching the Boundaries of Medical Robots

Pierre Dupont
Edward P. Marram Chair and Chief
Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School


Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

February 27

Robots Learning Action Plans by Watching YouTube Videos
Yiannis Aloimonos
Computer Science and UMIACS
Affiliate Faculty, ISR

March 6

Ants as Inspiration for Modular and Soft Robotics
David Hu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biology
Georgia Institute of Technology

March 13

Inference and Planning for Aggressive Autonomous Flight
Nicholas Roy
Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 17

Scalable 3D fabrication of soft machines
Rob Shepherd
Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University

April 24

Design and Integration of Novel Field Robots and Robotic Exoskeletons
Pinhas Ben-Tzvi
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Founding Director, Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory
George Washington University

May 15

Working Well With Others: The Future of Collaborative Robotics in Manufacturing
Jeremy Marvel
National Institute of Standards and Technology 

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Sept. 10

(Gliding) Robotic Fish: Swim or Not Swim (link is external)
Xiaobo Tan
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michigan State University
and ISR/ECE alumnus
video (link is external)

Oct. 3

Analysis and Simulation for Robotic Systems Performing Contact Tasks: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (link is external)
Jeff Trinkle
Program Director
National Robotics Initiative and Robust Intelligence
Information and Intelligent Systems Division
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
National Science Foundation
Director of the CS Robotics Lab
Department of Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Oct. 10

Virtual Reality: The Next Generation (link is external)
Steve LaValleProfessor, University of Illinois
Research Scientist, Oculus/Facebook

Oct. 10

Soft Multifunctional Materials for Soft Robotics (link is external)
Carmel Majidi
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
video (link is external) |

Dec. 12

Cognitive Robotics and Human Robot Interaction (link is external)
Greg Trafton
Head, Intelligent Systems Section
Naval Research Laboratory

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

April 11

Recent algorithms for the assignment problem in multi-robot task allocation
Dylan Shell
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
Texas A&M University
| video |

May 9

Computation of Robot Motion Plans from Complex High-Level Specifications
Lydia E. Kavraki
Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering
Rice University

May 16

Secure state-estimation and control for dynamical systems under adversarial attacks
Paulo Tabuada
UCLA Electrical Engineering
| video |

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

February 22

Symbiotic Autonomy: Robots, Humans and the Web
Manuela M. Veloso
Carnegie Mellon University

March 1

Visual Guidance of Flight in Bees & Birds, & Applications to Robotics
Mandyam Srinivasan
Queensland Brain Institute 
The University of Queensland

March 8

FIRST Robotics in Maryland – Inspiring STEM Excellence
Bill Duncan
Regional Director in Maryland for FIRST, 
Executive Director of STEMaction, Inc.

April 5

Design and Control of Complex Dynamical Systems at United Technologies Corp
Sonja Glavaski
Control Systems Group Leader 
United Technologies Research Center

April 26

Coordinated Robotics: From Agility to Perception
Thomas Bewley
Director, Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs
University of California, San Diego
video |

May 16

Grounding Natural Language in Robot Control and Perception Systems
Dieter Fox
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Director, UW Robotics and State Estimation Lab
University of Washington

Sponsored by Techno-Sciences, Inc.

May 3

Modular & Reconfigurable Robots
Mark Yim
University of Pennsylvania

April 27

Why drive (autonomously) when you can fly (autonomously)?
Sanjiv Singh
Carnegie Mellon University

April 6

Self-Organization in Networks of Autonomous Systems
Daniela Rus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

March 9

Applying Principles from Biology to the Design and Operation of Robots
Mark Cutkosky
Stanford University

February 17

Enabling better Human-Robot Interaction Through Cognition (link is external)
Alan C. Schultz
Naval Research Laboratory

Sponsored by Techno-Sciences, Inc.

November 18

Stochastic Models in Robotics
Greg Chirikjian
Johns Hopkins University

October 28

Biologically-Inspired Approaches for Collaboration of Heterogeneous Autonomous Naval Systems
Marc Steinberg
Office of Naval Research

October 21

Planning and Decision-Making for Underwater Robot Teams: Algorithms and Experiments
Gaurav Sukhatme
University of Southern California

October 7

Biomimetic Millirobots
Ron Fearing
UC Berkeley

September 23

Algorithms for Feedback Motion Planning with examples using Walking Robots and Robotics Birds
Russ Tedrake
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sponsored by Techno-Sciences, Inc.

April 29

Motion Planning for Physical Robotics
Dinesh Manocha
University of North Carolina

April 22

Robots and the Human
Oussama Khatib
Stanford University

April 1

Human-Centered Control Systems for Robot-Assisted Medical Interventions
Allison Okamura
Johns Hopkins University

February 25

Autonomous 3-D Flight and Cooperative Control of Multiple Micro Aerial Vehicles
Vijay Kumar
University of Pennsylvania

January 28

Hovering Quad-Rotor Control: A Comparison of Nonlinear Controllers Using Visual Feedback
Rogelio Lozano
Université de Technologie de Compiègne