ME Department Seminar: Dmitry Berenson (WPI)

11:00 am on Friday, January 18, 2013
Rm 245
Prof. Berenson: Robotics is undergoing three transformations, which are
changing not only our research focus but also the way we do research.
A new focus on human-robot collaborative systems and the availability
of parallel and cloud computing is transforming the topics we study,
while new open-source communities and common research platforms are
transforming the way we work in the lab and collaborate with others. I
will present my contributions to these transformations in the areas of
robotic home assistants and medical robotics, where I have developed
motion planning algorithms that enable new robotic manipulation
capabilities. These include algorithms that plan motion with multiple
simultaneous constraints, manage sensor uncertainty in the planning
process, and use previous experience to plan faster. I will discuss
the theory behind these approaches and show practical applications on
real-world robots. I will end by discussing three frontiers that are
emerging as a result of these transformations as well as prospects for
their exploration.