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Foundations of Robotics Seminar - Spring 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.

Date Speaker Affiliation Host (Appointments)
January 18 Biomechanical studies of the knee for medical robotics applications, and review on other medical robotics systems
Presentation Slides (pdf 2.8Mb)
Alon Wolf Carnegie Mellon University
Alon Wolf
February 1 Planning and control of dynamic contact manipulation
Presentation Slides (pdf 1.2Mb)
Siddhartha Srinivasa Carnegie Mellon University
Siddhartha Srinivasa
February 4 Meeting Arab Socio-Economic Development Needs Through Information and Communication Technologies
Presentation Slides (ppt 968Kb)
Fouad Mrad American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Ralph Hollis
February 8 Hierarchical Segmentation of Automotive Surfaces and Fast Marching Methods.
Presentation Slides (ppt 2.6Mb)
Prasad Atkar Carnegie Mellon University
Prasad Atkar
February 15 Creating Robust Roadmaps for Motion Planning in Changing Environments
Jur P. van den Berg Universiteit Utrecht
James Kuffner
February 22 An Approach to Model-Based Control of Frictionally Constrained Robots
Presentation Slides (ppt 2.3Mb)
Aaron Greenfield Carnegie Mellon University
Aaron Greenfield
March 1 Texture Perception with Realistic Probes in Virtual Haptic Environments
Bert Unger Carnegie Mellon University
Bert Unger
March 22 RiSE: First Steps up the Wall
Presentation Slides (ppt 4.9Mb)
Clark Haynes and Sarjoun Skaff Carnegie Mellon University
Sarjoun Skaff and Clark Haynes
March 29 Biped Grab Bag
Garth Zeglin Carnegie Mellon University
Garth Zeglin
April 26
Nancy Pollard Carnegie Mellon University
Nancy Pollard


General Information
Seminars are held every Tuesday at 3305 Newell-Simon Hall, 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.

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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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