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Robotics Institute Seminar Schedule, Spring 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.






January 16

A ground surface based space perception in real and virtual environments

Bing Wu

Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA

George Stetten

January 23


Activity Modeling and Coordination in Complex Domains: Robot Teams, Humanoids, and People

Time: 2:30pm

Maja Mataric

University of Southern California

Kevin R Dixon

January 30

Robotic Hide-and-Seek

Geoffrey Gordon

CALD, Carnegie Mellon

Geoffrey Gordon

February 6

Visual 3D Modeling using Cameras and Camera Networks

Marc Pollefeys

UNC-Chapel Hill

Bob Collins

February 13

Generalized Principal Component Analysis GPCA: Geometric Clustering for

Vision and Control

Rene Vidal

Johns Hopkins University

Martial Hebert

February 20

Secret Weapons: Using Robotics in Biology and Biology in Robotics

Tucker Balch

Georgia Institute of Technology

Reid Simmons

(Contact: Jean Harpley)

February 27


Robots that Climb, Cover, and SLAM: Topological methods in Robotics  

Time: 10:30am     |      Place: SH125

Howie Choset

Carnegie Mellon University

Howie Choset

Moving towards collaboration:  Using computational cognitive models to enable better human-robot interaction     |   Regular Time and Place

Alan Schultz

US Naval Research Laboratory

Reid Simmons

March 12


Spring Break, No Seminar




March 19

Integrating Generative Models and Discriminative Models

Zhuowen Tu


Yanxi Liu

March 22

Statistics of the Geometry of Object Populations

Time: 10:30am

Steve Pizer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

George Stetten

March 26

Representing and Recognizing Human Actions

James Davis

Ohio State

Bob Collins

April 2

User Interfaces and Reinforcement Learning for Motion Control

Michiel van de Panne

University of British Columbia, Canada

Jessica Hodgins

April 9

Networked Robotics: From Multi-Robot Systems to Wireless Sensor Networks

Gaurav Sukhatme


Sanjiv Singh

April 16

MOBOT competition, No Seminar




April 20

The RedTeam and the DARPA Grand Challenge

Special RI/FRC Seminar | Time: 12:00pm

Chris Urmson

Carnegie Mellon University

Chris Urmson

April 23

Visual Recognition from Invariant Local Features

David Lowe

University of British Columbia

Sanjiv Singh

April 30

The Roboceptionist Project

Reid Simmons

Carnegie Mellon University

Reid Simmons

May 7

Motion Retargeting with Physics and Deformations

Jovan Popovic

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nancy Pollard

May 11

Overview of Robotic Research, Development, and Application Activities at Sandia National Laboratories

Time: 10:00-11:30am     |      Place: NSH 3305

Larry Shipers

Sandia National Laboratories

Ralph Hollis

June 14

Towards Real-Life Reinforcement Learning

Time: 10:30am

Michael L. Littman

Rutgers University

Geoffrey Gordon


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
Gita Sukthankar, real-world publicity
Sarjoun Skaff, speaker relations & electronic publicity

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

This page is maintained by Sarjoun Skaff.