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Robots that Cover, Climb, and SLAM

Dr. Howie Choset
Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, January 20, 2005
JEC 3117- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Refreshments at 2:00 p.m.

My group's education and research interests straddle the border between computational theory and mechatronic engineering implementation: rigorous mathematical results enable engineering advancements while the practical aspects of implementation drive theoretical derivation. Our research program centers on two foci: highly articulated systems and coverage tasks. These foci touch upon a number of fundamentals in robotics including: topological methods, design, mapping, and hybrid controls. This work is directly tied into urban search and rescue, de-mining, auto-body painting, inspection of space structures, and medical surgery.

Short Biography: Howie Choset is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, where he conducts research in motion planning and design of serpentine mechanisms, coverage path planning for de-mining and painting, mobile robot sensor based exploration of unknown spaces, and education with robotics. In 1997, the National Science Foundation awarded Choset its Career Award to develop motion planning strategies for arbitrarily shaped objects. In 1999, the Office of Naval Research started supporting Choset through its Young Investigator Program to develop strategies to search for land and sea mines. Recently, the MIT Technology Review elected Choset as one of its top 100 innovators in the world under 35. Choset directs the Undergraduate Robotics Minor at Carnegie Mellon and teaches an overview course on Robotics which uses series of custom developed Lego Labs to complement the course work. Professor Choset's students have won best paper awards at the RIA in 1999 and ICRA in 2003. Finally, Choset is a member of an urban search and rescue response team using robots with the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue.

Last updated: January 13, 2005