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Robotics Institute Seminar Schedule, Fall 2004
General Information | Previous Seminars | Seminar Committee

Seminar Calendar


Information on the speaker can be viewed by clicking on the title of the seminar.

The abstract and the presentation, when available, are also accessible by clicking on the title of the seminar.

The schedule, titles, and abstracts from earlier in this semester can be found in the archives.







September 3

Robotic Adventures in Fast Food

R. Craig Coulter

Hyperactive Technologies

Matt Mason

September 9

Educational Human-Robot Collaboration

Time: 2:30pm-

Location: NSH 3305

Illah Nourbakhsh


Illah Nourbakhsh

September 10


The Mars Exploration Rovers: Driving Autonomously on Mars

Mark Maimone


Martial Hebert

September 17

Representations of Video and 3D Data for Manipulation and Recognition

Harpreet Sawhney

Sarnoff Corporation

Martial Hebert

September 24

Neural Motor Prostheses: Directly Coupling Brains and Machines to Restore Lost Function

Location: NSH 3305

Michael Black

Brown University

Takeo Kanade

September 27

Intelligent Autonomy for Multiple Coordinated UAVs

Time: 11:00am

Location: NSH 3305

Lora Weiss & Patricia Gruber

Penn State

Brett Browning

October 1

A General Linear Camera Model with Applications

Leonard McMillan

UNC-Chapel Hill

Jessica Hodgins

October 8

The Mars Exploration Rover Descent Image Motion Estimation System

Andrew Johnson


Martial Hebert

October 11-14


Robotics Institute 25th Anniversary: Robots and Thought

October 15

Navlab Core Technologies

Jay Gowdy & Rob MacLachlan


Aaron Steinfeld

October 22

Mid-Semester Break, No Seminar

October 27

Integrated Collision Warning System for Transit Buses

Joint HCII/RI Seminar

Time: 4:00pm

Christoph Mertz & Aaron Steinfeld


Aaron Steinfeld

October 29

Human Postural Control and the Prevention of Falls

Mark Redfern

University of Pittsburgh

Chris Atkeson

November 5

Information Spaces: They’re Everywhere!

Steven M. LaValle

University of Illinois

Matt Mason

November 8

Retroactive Gestural Devices: Technology and Applications

Time: 10:00am

Location: NSH 1507

Jean-Loup Florens


Ralph Hollis

November 12

Surface Modification of Implantable Neural Micro-Electrode Arrays

Xinyan Tracy Cui

University of Pittsburgh

George Stetten

November 19

A Passivity Approach to Distributed Control: from Robots to Networks

John Wen


Ralph Hollis

November 26

Thanksgiving Holiday, No Seminar

December 2

CITRIS – The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society Accomplishments, New Opportunities and Challenges

Joint RI/TechBridgeWorld Seminar

Time: 2:30pm

Location: NSH 3305

Ruzena Bajcsy


Manuela Veloso

December 9

Achieving Intelligent Real-Time Control

Time: 2:00pm

Location: NSH 1507

David Musliner

Honeywell Laboratories

Reid Simmons

December 10

Digital Mechatronics and Polymer Muscle Actuators for Robotic Systems

Steve Dubowsky


Howie Choset


General Information

Seminars are held every Friday in 1305 Newell-Simon Hall, unless otherwise noted on the calendar or abstract. Seminars begin at 3:30pm, and refreshments are served starting at 3:15pm. Feel free to arrive early to get the first shot at the cookies and talk to your colleagues; please try not to leave during a seminar in deference to the speaker.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with a speaker, please contact the speaker if they are from CMU, or their host, listed on the calendar, if they are from outside of the University.

Previous Seminars

Abstracts from earlier this semester, as well as Seminar calendars and abstracts back to the Fall of 1993 can be found in the Robotics Institute Seminar Archive.

Seminar Committee

For technical issues and final scheduling commitments, as well as opinions or suggestions on speakers and seminar topics, please contact Brett Browning. by e-mail at, or by phone at (412) 268-6021.

Brett Browning, chair
G. Ayorkor Mills-Tettey, real-world publicity
Gita Sukthankar, speaker relations & electronic publicity

The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.

This page is maintained by Gita Sukthankar.