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MEAM Seminar: “Hardware / Controls Co-design to Overcome Challenges for Aerial Robots”

Aerial robotics have become ubiquitous, but (like most robots) they still struggle to operate at high speed in unstructured, cramped environments. By considering a vehicle’s mechanical design simultaneously with the […]

MEAM Seminar: “Bringing Microrobots into Biomedicine”

Recent progress in diverse disciplines such as soft matter physics, nanoparticle synthesis, nanomedicine, and microbiology has enabled rich opportunities for translation of small-scale robots into medical applications. These robotic systems […]

Nano Seminar: “Conductive Nitrides for Plasmonics in the Visible Region: Properties and Applications”

Plasmonic nanostructure based on silver and gold that produces LSPR to withstand ultrahigh temperatures without damage remains a great challenge for future ultra-compact integrated circuits, and high-power enabled photonic devices. […]

MEAM Ph.D. Thesis Defense: “Mobile Wireless Infrastructure on Demand in Robot Teams”

Communication is fundamental to successful coordination in teams of robots. Indeed, the promise that robot teams can complete tasks faster and more efficiently than any single agent depends on their […]

MEAM Seminar: “Hierarchical Methods for Geometric Control of Underactuated, Free-Flying Robotic Systems”

Free-flying robotic systems (such as multibody aerial and space vehicles) evolve on high-dimensional non-Euclidean manifolds subject to nonlinear, underactuated dynamics. Because such systems can rely only on the severely limited […]

MEAM Ph.D. Thesis Defense: “Exploiting Flows for Orienteering and Planning Problems”

Task and path planning algorithms for robots in the presence of flows confront a fundamental dichotomy between the continuous and the discrete: task planning algorithms discretize the world and their […]

MEAM Seminar: “Bistable Robots: Leveraging Task Features for Actuator Reduction”

Actuator reduction is especially important for aerial robots, where minimizing mass and conserving power is critical. Bistable mechanisms have been used to augment actuators by speeding up actuation time or […]

MEAM Seminar: “Semantic Localization, Mapping, and Exploration by Multiple Aerial Robots”

Traditional approaches for active mapping focus on building geometric maps. For most real-world applications, however, actionable information is related to semantically meaningful objects in the environment. We propose an approach […]

MEAM Ph.D. Thesis Defense: “Adding Actuation to Found Material: A Design Methodology”

Engineers in modern society are taught to design and build structures and robots from pre-processed materials, giving them the ability to describe the operating capacity of their structure with a […]

MEAM Ph.D. Thesis Defense: “Design and Self-Reconfiguration Planning for Variable Topology Truss Robots”

A modular self-reconfigurable robot (MSRR) is a set of robotic building blocks that can be connected together in different ways. By rearranging these connections, the robot can adapt its shape […]

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