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Seminar Calendar


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

The abstract, video, 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.








August 26


Curvature and Shape from Touch

Yan-bin Jia

Iowa State University

Matt Mason


September 2

Useful Signals From Motor Cortex

Andrew Schwartz

University of Pittsburgh

George Stetton


September 9

The Interbots Initiative at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology

Center: Interactive Animatronics with character!    

Randy Pausch, Will Bosley

Entertainment Technology Center

 Matt Mason


September 16

Reasoning Over Discontinuous Hypothesis Spaces

Subspace Methods for Vision, Graphics and Signal Processing

Human-Robot Interaction in Complex Applications 

Paul Rybski, Aaron Steinfeld, Fernando De la Torre

Carnegie Mellon University

Jessica Hodgins


September 23

Computational photography

Special Location: NSH 3305


Bill Freeman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: CSAIL

Martial Hebert


September 30

Human Telesupervision of Multirobot Teams for Space Exploration

John Dolan

Carnegie Mellon University



October 7

MRF's for MRI's: Bayesian Reconstruction of MR Images via Graph Cuts

Ramin Zabih

Cornell University

Simon Baker


October 14

Studies on energetically efficient biped locomotion

 Stefano Stramigioli

 University of Twente

 Howie Choset


October 21

Mid Semester Break





October 28


Randy Sargent

Carnegie Mellon University / NASA - Ames Research Center

Illah Nourbakhsh


November 4

Engineering Methodologies for Real-time Vision Systems

Special Location: NSH 3305

Visvanathan Ramesh


Srinivasa Narasimhan


November 11

Social robots, social development, and social disorders

Brian Scassellati

 Yale University

 Marek Michalowski


November 18

No RI Seminar





November 25

Thanksgiving Holiday





December 2

Biologically Inspired Miniature Robots

Metin Sitti

 Carnegie Mellon University



December 9

Technology Underlying Inherently Safer Human-Robot Interaction

Bill Townsend

 Barrett Technology Inc.

 Yoky Matsuoka


December 16

Applying Machine Learning to the Treatment of Diabetes in Qatar

David Duke

CMU Qatar




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 Alonzo e-mail at, or by phone at (412) 683-2550.

Alonzo Kelly, chair
David Choi, speaker relations & electronic publicity
Seth Koterba, real-world publicity

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

This page is maintained by David Choi.