Spring 2023 GRASP on Robotics: Luca Carlone, MIT, “Next-Generation Robot Perception: Hierarchical Representations, Certifiable Algorithms, and Self-Supervised Learning”

Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

This is a hybrid event with in-person attendance in Wu and Chen and virtual attendance via Zoom. This week's presenter will be in-person as well.    ABSTRACT Spatial perception —the robot’s ability to sense and understand the surrounding environment— is a key enabler for robot navigation, manipulation, and human-robot interaction. Recent advances in perception algorithms […]

MEAM Seminar: “Nano and Polymers and Mechanics and Data”

Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

For polymer composites, nanocomposites and polymer thin film systems, the local properties of polymers can be altered by the chemical and physical interactions with substrates and embedded particles over a length scales exceeding 100nm. The mechanisms and impact of confined polymers remains still an active area of research and debate. Here we will review methods […]

Future Leaders in Mechanobiology: Piere Rodriguez Aliaga

Zoom

Launched in May 2021, the Future Leaders in Mechanobiology is a monthly seminar series featuring up-and-coming leaders in mechanobiology–PhD students and postdocs from a wide range of fields, backgrounds, and institutions. By providing an international stage to share one’s work and opportunities to interact with researchers at all career stages, we aim to create an inclusive and […]

ASSET Seminar: Thinking fast with Transformers – Algorithmic Reasoning via Shortcuts (Surbhi Goel, University of Pennsylvania)

Levine 307 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT: In this new era of deep learning, the emergent algorithmic reasoning capabilities of Transformer models have led to significant advancements in natural language processing, program synthesis, and theorem proving. Despite their widespread success, the underlying reasons for their efficacy and the nature of their internal representations remain elusive. In this talk, we take […]

Spring 2023 GRASP SFI: Jeffrey Lipton, Northeastern University, “Robotics and Digital Manufacturing”

Levine 307 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

This is a hybrid event with in-person attendance in Levine 307 and virtual attendance via Zoom. This week's presenter will be in-person as well. ABSTRACT Robotics and manufacturing are intricately linked. Each new generation of robotic fabrication tools has transformed manufacturing, enabling greater complexity and customization of the world around us. With the recent developments […]

CBE Quinn Distinguished Lecture: “Reclaiming Engineering in the Minds of the Public: The Unheralded, Underappreciated, and Misunderstood Method that Built our Modern World” (Bill Hammack, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Abstract: Naively the public assumes the products of engineers arise from the scientific method, as reflected in an old joke among engineers about the relationship of science and engineering: “if it’s a success, then it’s a scientific miracle, if a disaster, then an engineering failure.” This joke highlights that successful technologies are invisible: The hallmark […]

MSE Seminar: “Controlling Phase Separation in Elastomeric (Poly)peptides in the Production of Micro-and Nano-Structured Materials” (University of Delaware)

Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Macromolecular materials that are capable of selectively and efficiently localizing cells, factors, and/or drugs offer important approaches for mediating biological events and in the development of hybrid materials. We have employed a combination of biosynthetic tools, bioconjugation strategies, and biomimetic assembly to produce thermoresponsive (poly)peptides derived from sequences of resilin, elastin, and collagen. These materials […]

BE Seminar: “Opportunities and Support for the BME Research Community from NSF” (Laurel Kuxhaus, NSF)

Glandt Forum, Singh Center for Nanotechnology 3205 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

This seminar will be held in person in Glandt Forum; snacks will be served. "Opportunities and Support for the BME Research Community from NSF" The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports work in all fields of science and engineering, including biomedical engineering.  That said, biomedical engineering researchers can face challenges in finding the right ‘home’ and […]

MEAM Seminar: “Design, Characterization, and Fabrication of Low-Cost, Passive, and Biodegradable Sensors for Precision Agriculture”

Moore 212

With the global population projected to reach 9.1 billion people by 2050 there is a need to develop highly efficient agricultural systems that can reliably maximize crop yield. Precision Agriculture (PA) systems enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) offer a potential solution through improvements in labor, resource, and time efficiency to improve agricultural output. […]

Spring 2023 GRASP on Robotics: Vivienne Sze, MIT, “Efficient Computing for Autonomy and Navigation”

Wu and Chen Auditorium (Room 101), Levine Hall 3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

This is a hybrid event with in-person attendance in Wu and Chen and virtual attendance via Zoom. This week's presenter will be virtual.    ABSTRACT A broad range of next-generation applications will be enabled by low-energy autonomous vehicles including insect-size flapping wing robots that can help with search and rescue, chip-size satellites that can explore […]