July 2, 2013: Jeff gave an invited lecture at Universit of Freiburg, in Freiburg Germany. June 24, 2013: The Trooper Team (our lab, UPenn's GRASP Lab, and Lockheed-Martin, NJ) survived the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge (http://robohub.org/darpa-virtual-robotics-challenge-results/). Our algorithms will control a real Boston Dynamics Atlas humanoid robot in next round of the competition in December 2013. June 17, 2013: Jeff gave an invited lecture at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. May 24, 2013: Emma won the Robert McNaughton Prize for Best Computer Science Graduate Student.
Emma with Chen at the Awards Banquet
May 17, 2013: Most everyone in the Lab attended NEMS (http://biorobotics.harvard.edu/NEMS2013/) at Harvard: Cherry, Jed, Jun, Ying, Shuai, Dan, Emma, Rohinish, and Jeff. Emma gave an oral presentation, "A Dynamic Bayesian Approach to real-time Estimation and Filtering for grasp Acquisition."
The crew filling the back row.
Jun presenting progress on the DARPA VRC.
April 22, 2013: Unfortunately, Giuseppe had to go back to Italy!
October 20, 2012: The Lab held an open house for visiting high school students and their families. October 3, 2012: We visited an automated dry cleaning business in Latham NY. September 21, 2012: Sarah Niebe, an advanced phd student advised by Kenny Erleben from Univ. of Copenhagen joined our lab for a three-month visit. July, 2012: Jed spent 4 weeks as a visiting scholar in Wolfram Burgard's lab in Freiburg, Germany.
In the tower above the city
At Wolfram's for a BBQ
The Freiburg Muenster in the old town
May 24, 2012: Group therapy by ping-pong.
Hans stays back while Ying goes for the kill.
Cherry and Dan hoping to survive.
May 4, 2012: We attended NEMS 2012 at iRobot. Emma Zhang gave a talk on her initial work on the G-SLAM problem, Hans Vorsteveld and Emma presented work on the Autonomous Underwater Grasping project, and Dan Flickinger, Jed Williams, Ying Lu, and Jacob Merson presented a poster on the Granular Terrain Traction project. We stopped for dinner at Shallot Thai Cuisine in West Springfield for dinner on the way back to Troy. April 14, 2012: Robotics lab open house during accepted students day where Jeff Trinkle, Jed Williams, Ying Lu, Matt Dallas, Hans Vorsteveld, Christopher Wendling, Michael Watterson, and Emma Zhang demoed grasping experiments, i-create robots and answered questions.
February 22, 2012 Bowling at Uncle Sam's. Here's a video showing that calibration is important in rigid body dynamics: http://youtu.be/8kGP1LU-SKQ
January 16, 2011 Will defended his MS thesis. December 9, 2011 Jed, Will, Emma, and Jeff attended the Student/Faculty mixer at ECAV.
Jed demonstrating agility. Will demonstrating passivity.
November 17, 2011 The lab received contract from DARPA/DSO for research in simulated and experimental characterization of granular terrain. November 8, 2011 The lab received subcontract from Harris Corporation for collaborative research in autonomous underwater manipulation. November 5, 2011 The lab received a grant from Lockheed-Martin Advanced Technologies Laboratory to initiate collaboration in autonomous manipulation research. September 25, 2011 Kane got a job at MIT Lincoln Labs. August 15, 2011 Jeff presented joint work with Emma on G-SLAM at the Institute for Process Control and Robotics in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. July 25, 2011 Jeff presented joint work with Emma on G-SLAM at the Laboratory for Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Technical University of Munich. June 27-28, 2011 With Profs. Dan Negrut and Chris Carothers, Jeff ran an NSF-sponsored workshop, "Toward High-Performance Computing Support for the Simulation and Planning of Robot Contact Tasks," at RSS in Los Angeles. June 27, 2011 Emma Zhang gave a talk, "Grasp Evaluation With Graspable Feature Matching," in the workshop, "Mobile Manipulation: Learning to Manipulate," at RSS in Los Angeles. June 24, 2011: Binh defended his thesis and accepted a job at Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto. June 9, 2011 Jeff presented joint work with Emma on G-SLAM at the Laboratory for Autonomous Intelligent Systems at Freiburg University. May 28, 2011 John Behmer left our lab with a Master's Degree.
John and his parents
May 23, 2011 Jeff visited Prof. Wolfram Burgard's lab for two months in the Summer 2011. He didn't only bike in the Black Forrest.
Germans like to ride in the mud.
Jeff and Markus on top of Totenkopf.
May 20, 2011 Group trip to the New England Manipulation Symposium at Yale. | | |
Jeff, Kane, Jeremy, Will, Jed.
Jeremy Betz presented "Dynamics simulation using Proximal Point formulation on the GPU."
May 9, 2011: Emma Zhang presented "The Application of Particle Filtering to Grasping Acquisition with Visual Occlusion and Tactile Sensing" in the workshop "Uncertainty in Automation." April 9, 2011: Robotics lab open house during accepted students day where Jeff Trinkle, John Behmer, Jeremy Betz, Kane Hadley, Will Macaluso, Hans Vorsteveld, and Jed Williams showed visitors around and answered questions. January, 2011: Emma was awarded the "Grasping and Manipulation" internship at Willow Garage for Spring 2011. September 15, 2010:Our CCC efforts have gotten traction at the national level. August 26, 2010: Dr. Siwei Lyu from SUNY, Albany will present a talk on "Natural Image Statistics for Digital Image Forensics" at 1:00 pm in MRC conference room 334. Here are AbstractSiwei and BioSiwei. July 28, 2010: Jeff's last day of sabbatical at DLR.
Jeff, Thomas, and Justin.
Justin grabs a piece of pipe - dynamics are important!
June 21, 2010: Steve Berard began new position with Boston Dynamics, in Waltham, Massachusetts. May 28, 2010: New England Manipulation Symposium (NEMS) 2010 at UMass Amherst. Jeremy Betz and Emma Zhang presented "Comparison of Simulated and Experimental Grasping Actions in the Plane". John Behmer presented "Matlab Controller for the Barrett WAM" (slides). May 28, 2010: Smith College trip: Cihan and Onur demo-ed educational robots based on iRobot Creates to Prof. Ileana Strienu. Prof. Strienu will use the robots in her robotics class.
Video of Onur and Cihan presenting the Create system to Prof. Strienu and some of her students in her lab at Smith
May 27, 2010: Jeff Trinkle presented, "Comparison of Simulated and Experimental Grasping Actions in the Plane," Emma Zhang, Jeremy Betz, and Jeff Trinkle, First International Conference on Multibody Systems Dynamics, in Lappeenranta Finland. May 26, 2010: Jeff Trinkle presented, "dvc3D: a Three-Dimensional Physical Simulation Tool for Rigid Bodies with Contacts and Coulomb Friction," Binh Nguyen and Jeff Trinkle, First International Conference on Multibody Systems Dynamics. April 10, 2010: Robotics Lab open house during Accepted Students Day
John, Chris, and Cihan demoing gravity compensation
Jeremy speaking to a group of prospective students
April 9, 2010: Robotics students present their research at the department-wide poster session
Chris and John with their poster
Computer science students mingling
A fellow student reads one of our posters
A group of students discuss their work
Graphics students and their posters
Emma and Jeremy with their poster
March 30, 2010: Jeff Trinkle presented, "Simulation-Based Planning and Design for Robotic Systems with Intermittent Contact," at the Department of Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester MA. February 25, 2010: Jeff Trinkle presented, "Simulation-Based Planning and Design for Robotic Systems with Intermittent Contact," at Institute for Applied Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich in Garching Germany. February 19, 2010: Jeff Trinkle presented, "Simulation-Based Planning and Design for Robotic Systems with Intermittent Contact," at the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova Italy. February 18, 2010: Jeff Trinkle presented, "Simulation-Based Planning and Design for Robotic Systems with Intermittent Contact," at the Interdepartmental Research Center "E. Piaggio" at the University of Pisa in Pisa Italy. October 21, 2009: Jeff Trinkle presented, "Simulation-Based Planning and Design for Robotic Systems with Intermittent Contact," at the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at DLR in Wessling Germany June 28 - July 1, 2009: Jeff Trinkle was the General Chair of RSS 2009, Seattle. May 30, 2009: Trip to WPI for Fifth New England Manipulation Symposium May 21, 2009: CCC Roadmapping effort was presented on Capitol Hill April 4, 2009: Robotics Lab open house during Accepted Students Day