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Robotics Institute Seminar Schedule, Fall 2008
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Seminar Calendar

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Seminar information from Spring 2009 onward is exclusively on the new RI website's RI seminar schedule. This site exists as an archive that will eventually be integrated with the new site.


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.


RI Seminar Vodcasts can be found here:







Sep 5



Alberto Elfes


John Dolan


Sep 12

Engineering Self-Organizing Systems

Radhika Nagpal

Harvard University

Seth Goldstein


Sep 19


Theory and Design of Novel Robot Architectures for New Surgical Frontiers

Nabil Simaan

Columbia University

Howie Choset


Sep 26

Mars Sample Return (MSR): Reflections on Why, How, and When

Terry Huntsberger


John Dolan


Oct 3



Oct 10

Toward Steerable Cannula and Legged Capsule Robots in Medicine

Robert Webster

Vanderbilt University

Howie Choset


Oct 17

Mid semester break / No classes


Oct 24

Robots at Work
Special Location: Wean 7500

Red Whittaker

Carnegie Mellon University

Sanjiv Singh


Oct 31

Autonomous Mobile Manipulation for the Motor Impaired

Charlie Kemp

Georgia Tech

Paul Rybski


Nov 7

Roll, Crawl, Walk, Climb, and Jump: Robot Locomotion Inspired by Nature and Beyond

Dennis Hong

Virginia Tech

Howie Choset


Nov 14

Navigation within the Hybrid Spatial Semantic Hierarchy

Benjamin Kuipers

University of Texas at Austin

Reid Simmons


Nov 21

 Research in autonomous systems and human-robot interaction at the NCARAI

Alan Schultz

Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence

Paul Rybski


Nov 28

Thanksgiving Holiday / No classes


Dec 5

 A System of Human-Robot Interfaces for Large Robot Teams

Julie Adams

Vanderbilt University

Aaron Steinfeld


Dec 12

Finals / No classes



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 Aaron Steinfeld by e-mail at, or by phone at (412) 268-7417.

Aaron Steinfeld, seminar
Michael Dille, electronic
Mehmet Dogar, real-world
Peggy Martin, speaker


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