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The Next Talk Fa'16 Talks General Info Speaking Req't

Factors affecting bimanual grasping

Monday, October 10th, 2016 from 12-1 pm in GHC 6501.

Yuzuko Nakamura, CSD

In daily life, humans often make use of both hands simultaneously (bimanual manipulation). However, it is not known how often people use bimanual manipulation or what factors cause them to use two hands.

In our work, we focus on the simple task of grasping. In particular, we investigate the effect of object size, weight, and position as well as the presence of a balance requirement on whether bimanual grasping is used in a bowl-moving task. Grasp poses are also collected and analyzed. We find that position and balance have a strong effect on bimanual usage, and weight has a weaker effect. Size, weight, and balance (but not position) affect the pose used to grasp the bowls. We conclude that the choice of strategy is most likely determined by stability requirements and the desire to minimize both body rotation and the need to reach across the body.

Finally, I discuss applications of this work to computer graphics and robotics.

In partial fulfillment of the Speaking Requirement.

Fall 2016 Schedule
Fri, Sep 2 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Fri, Sep 9 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Sep 12 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Sep 16 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Sep 19 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Sep 23 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Sep 26 GHC 6501 Zhou Yu Engagement in Interactive Multimodal Conversational System
Fri, Sep 30 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Oct 3 GHC 6501 Kuen-Bang Hou (Favonia) A Mechanization of the Blakers-Massey Connectivity Theorem in Homotopy Type Theory
Fri, Oct 7 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Oct 10 GHC 6501 Yuzuko Nakamura Factors affecting bimanual grasping
Fri, Oct 14 GHC 4303 Mu Li MXNet: Flexible Deep Learning Framework from Distributed GPU Clouds to Embedded Systems
Mon, Oct 17 GHC 6501 Tanmay Shankar Reinforcement Learning via Recurrent Convolutional Neural Networks
Fri, Oct 21 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Oct 24 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Oct 28 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Oct 31 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Nov 4 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Nov 7 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Nov 11 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Nov 14 GHC 6501 Wennie Tabib Active Exploration in 3D-rich Planetary Environments
Fri, Nov 18 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Nov 21 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Nov 25 GHC 4303 Thanksgiving UNAVAILABLE
Mon, Nov 28 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Dec 2 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Dec 5 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE
Fri, Dec 9 GHC 4303 AVAILABLE
Mon, Dec 12 GHC 6501 AVAILABLE

General Info

The Student Seminar Series is an informal research seminar by and for SCS graduate students from noon to 1 pm on Mondays and Fridays. Lunch is provided by the Computer Science Department (personal thanks to Sharon Burks and Debbie Cavlovich!). At each meeting, a different student speaker will give an informal, 40-minute talk about his/her research, followed by questions/suggestions/brainstorming. We try to attract people with a diverse set of interests, and encourage speakers to present at a very general, accessible level.

So why are we doing this and why take part? In the best case scenario, this will lead to some interesting cross-disciplinary work among people in different fields and people may get some new ideas about their research. In the worst case scenario, a few people will practice their public speaking and the rest get together for a free lunch.

Guideline & Speaking Requirement Need-to-Know

Note: Step #1 below are applicable to all SSS speakers. You can schedule AT MOST THREE talks per semester.

SSS is an ideal forum for SCS students to give presentations that count toward fulfilling their speaking requirements. The specifics, though, vary with each department. For instance, students in CSD will need to be familiar with the notes in Section 8 of the Ph.D. document and follow the instructions outlined on the Speakers Club homepage. Roughly speaking, these are the steps:

  1. Schedule a talk with SSS by sending your talk title, abstract, additional info (like "Joint work with..." or "In Partial Fulfillment of the Speaking Requirement"), and a picture of yourself (preferably jpeg) to sss@cs at least TWO WEEKS before your scheduled talk.
  2. After you are confirmed with your SSS slot, go to the Speakers Club Calendar and schedule your talk at least THREE WEEKS in advance of the talk date.
  3. On the day of your talk, make sure you print Speakers Club evaluation forms for your evaluators to use.
Students outside of CSD will need to check with their respective departments regarding the procedure. As another example, ISRI students fulfill their speaking requirements by attending a semesterly Software Research Seminar and giving X number of presentations per school year. If you have experience with your department that might help others in your department, please feel free to contribute your knowledge by emailing us. Thank you!

SSS Coordinators

Armaghan Naik, Computational Biology
Lin Xiao, CSD


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