Model-Based Robotics: Fast Cars, Robot Origami, and Robust Assembly
Department of Computer Science
Thursday, November 3, 2005
JEC 3117 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
This talk will present the exact optimal trajectories for a class of mobile robot,
movies of the first-ever origami-folding robot, instructions on how to fold common
paper shopping bags, and, time permitting, algorithms that allow robust assembly
even without sensors.
The unifying theme of these projects is a focus on the interface between robots and
the physical world. This focus can enable good engineering -- for example, factory
assembly tools and techniques that are robust in spite of known model or sensor error.
Task models also allow study of fundamental scientific questions. How difficult is
a physical task, in terms of required resources such as time, degrees of freedom,
energy, and computation? What are the limits of human and robotic locomotion and
manipulation skills? When is an imperfect model of a task good enough?
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Last updated: October 20, 2005