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Foundations of Robotics Seminar - Fall 2005

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Information on the speaker, when available, can be viewed by clicking on the speaker's name. The abstract, when available, can be viewed by clicking on the title of the seminar.




Host (Appointments)

September 27

Nonholonomic Distance to Polygonal Obstacles for a Car-Like Robot of Polygonal Shape

Marilena Vendittelli

Carnegie Mellon University

Marilena Vendittelli

October 25

The Ballbot Project: Dynamic Stability for Indoor Mobile Robots

Ralph Hollis

Carnegie Mellon University

Ralph Hollis

November 15

Design and Control of an Autonomous Spider-Like Robot for Motion in 2D Tunnel Environments

Amir Shapiro

Carnegie Mellon University

Amir Shapiro

November 22

An Overview of SLAM

Deryck Morales

Carnegie Mellon University

Deryck Morales

December 13

Graphical Singularity Analysis of Planar Parallel Manipulators

Amir Degani

Carnegie Mellon University

Amir Degani

December 20

Path Planning & Hallucination for High-Speed Navigation of Trails

Chris Urmson


Sarjoun Skaff


General Information

Seminars are held every Tuesday at Newell-Simon Hall 1507, unless otherwise noted on the calendar or abstract. Seminars begin at 4:30pm, and refreshments are served starting at 4:15pm. 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.

Seminar Archive

Spring 2005

Spring - Fall 2004

Fall 2003

Spring 2003


For technical issues and final scheduling commitments, as well as opinions or suggestions on speakers and seminar topics, please contact Ravi Balasubramanian, by e-mail at

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