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Robotics Institute Seminar Schedule, Fall 2007
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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.


RI Seminar Vodcasts can be found here:







Sept 7


Haptic Interaction through Lorentz Magnetic Levitation: a Personal Journey

Ralph Hollis

Carnegie Mellon University

Alexei Efros


Sept 11


Special seminar

NSH 3305,

4:00 pm)

Audiovision, Abstract Communication and Interactive Art

Golan Levin

Carnegie Mellon University

Roger B. Dannenberg


Sept 14


Seminar Cancelled





Sept 21

Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth:  Intelligent Navigation and Collaboration for Air Vehicles

Sanjiv Singh

Carnegie Mellon University



Sept 28

From Images to Insights.

Wojciech Matusik

Adobe Systems

Srinivas Narasimhan


Oct 5

Medical Robotics

Jacob Rosen

University of Washington

Jessica Hodgins


Oct 12

Pursuing the Dream of Cheap, Reliable, Useful Robots and New Control Kids on the Block

George Kantor and Marcel Bergerman

Carnegie Mellon University



Oct 19

Mid semester break / No classes





Oct 26

New Techniques for Acquiring, Rendering and Displaying Human Performances

Paul Debevec

University of Southern California

Alexei Efros


Nov 2

Perceiving the Actions and Intentions of Others: Brain Mechanisms for Social Perception

Kevin Pelphrey

Carnegie Mellon University

Jessica Hodgins


Nov 9

Fixing the Beating Heart: Ultrasound Guidance for Robotic Intracardiac Surgery

Robert Howe

Harvard University

Metin Sitti


Nov 16

“Athletic Walking”

Vytas Sun Spiral


John Dolan


Nov 23

Thanksgiving Holiday / No classes





Nov 30

Conditional Random Fields for Labeling Tasks in Robotics

Dieter Fox

University of Washington

Drew Bagnell


Dec 5

Tartan Racing and the Urban Challenge

Chris Urmson

Carnegie Mellon University

Alexei Efros


Dec 14

Formation and Evolution of Groups in Large Social Networks

Daniel Huttenlocher

Cornell University

Alexei Efros





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 Alexei Efros by e-mail at, or by phone at (412) 268-1234.

Alexei Efros, seminar co-chair

Paul Rybski, seminar co-chair
Eakta Jain, electronic publicity
Michael Dille, real-world publicity

Peggy Martin, speaker relations,


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