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MEAM Seminar: “Saltatorial Locomotion on Terrain Obstacles”

Robots often struggle to move through complicated environments from cluttered living spaces to treetop canopies where humans and animals flit with ease. Jumping is an exciting locomotion mode that can enable small ground-based robots to maneuver around large obstacles and gaps in complicated environments. A high-power jumping robot can rapidly traverse obstacles, but the resulting […]

MEAM PhD Thesis Defense: “Delivering Expressive and Personalized Fingertip Tactile Cues”

Wearable haptic devices have seen growing interest in recent years, but providing realistic tactile feedback is not a challenge that is soon to be solved. Daily interactions with physical objects elicit complex sensations at the fingertips. Furthermore, human fingertips exhibit a broad range of physical dimensions and perceptive abilities, adding increased complexity to the task […]

MEAM Seminar: “Robots and Mechatronic Systems can help us identify, assess, and treat Motor and Cognitive Impairment after Brain Injury”

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that in 2017 about 12.7% of adults and children had some form of disability. Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability with ~7 million in the US, which will increase by 20.5% by 2030. Cerebral Palsy is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in […]

MEAM Seminar: “Robot Design Concepts for Intuitive Physical Human-Robot Interaction”

Physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) aims at taking advantage of the complementary capabilities of robots and humans. One of the key challenges in pHRI is to provide a high-bandwidth human-robot interaction that is safe and intuitive for the human user. To this end, it is proposed in this work to revisit the design of robots in […]

MEAM Doctoral Dissertation Defense: “Estimation, Mapping and Navigation with Micro Aerial Vehicles for Infrastructure Inspection”

Multi-rotor Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV) have become popular robotic platforms in the last decade due to their manufacturability, agility and diverse payload options. Amongst the most promising applications areas of MAVs are inspection, air delivery, surveillance, search and rescue, real estate, entertainment and photography to name a few. While GPS offers an easy solution for […]

MEAM Doctoral Dissertation Defense: “High-Dimensional Design Evaluations for Self-Aligning Geometries”

Physical connectors with self-aligning geometry aid in the docking process for many robotic and automatic control systems such as robotic self-reconfiguration and air-to-air refueling. This self-aligning geometry provides a wider range of acceptable error tolerance in relative pose between the two rigid objects, increasing successful docking chances. In a broader context, mechanical alignment properties are […]

MEAM Seminar: “Robot Design Concepts for Intuitive Physical Human-robot Interaction”

Physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) aims at taking advantage of the complementary capabilities of robots and humans. One of the key challenges in pHRI is to provide a high-bandwidth human-robot interaction that is safe and intuitive for the human user. To this end, it is proposed in this work to revisit the design of robots in […]

MEAM Seminar: “Small, Autonomous, Flying Robots that can Feel and Map their Environment”

Autonomous flight through unknown environments in the presence of obstacles is a challenging problem for micro aerial vehicles (MAVs). A majority of the current state-of-art research focuses on modeling obstacles as opaque objects that can be easily sensed by optical sensors such as cameras or LiDARs. Since obstacles may not always be opaque, particularly in […]

MEAM Seminar: “Delivering Expressive and Personalized Fingertip Haptic Cues”

The importance of meaningful tactile experiences has become increasingly apparent in areas such as teleoperation, education, and gaming. As the applications of rendering haptic stimuli are growing, so are the requirements of haptic interfaces, in that the intended audience is becoming more diverse and the intended interactions are becoming more complicated. For the past few […]

MEAM Seminar: “From Elder Care Service Robots to the Design of Low-Cost End-Effectors and Novel Manipulation Techniques”

Older adults are forming a much larger percentage of the population leading to a strain in the healthcare sector. It is expected that the population aged 65 and over in the United States alone will double in the next 30 years, and similarly worldwide. Despite abundance of the facilities to accommodate the growing older adult […]

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