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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 […]

MEAM Seminar: “Multi-robot Coordination Via Graph-based Computation”

Multi-robot coordination and cooperation are critical behaviors that improve team performance and enable new tasks in application areas like autonomous construction, agriculture, and extended operation in large unknown regions. This […]

MEAM Ph.D. Thesis Defense: “Addressing Stiffness-induced Challenges In Modeling and Identification of Rigid Body Systems with Frictional Impact”

Imperfect but useful dynamical models have enabled significant progress in planning and controlling robotic locomotion and manipulation. Traditionally, these models have been physics-based, with accuracy relying upon manual calibration only […]

MEAM Seminar: “Computationally-constrained Dynamically-feasible Search-based Motion Planning”

Planning fast and autonomous robotic motion in unstructured, cluttered environments remains a core challenge of the robotics community. The robot’s motion must be agile and dynamic, operating near the limit […]

5th Annual Learning for Dynamics & Control Conference

Over the next decade, the biggest generator of data is expected to be devices that sense and control the physical world. The explosion of real-time data that is emerging from […]

MEAM Seminar: “Progress on Templates for Spined and Tailed Legged Robots”

By mirroring the success of biological systems, legged robots have the potential to be successful in almost every terrestrial environment. While legged machines have made significant advancements in the past […]

MEAM Seminar: “Addressing Sensitivity-Induced Challenges in Modeling Rigid-Body Systems with Frictional Impacts”

Imperfect but useful physical models play a crucial role in planning and controlling robot locomotion and manipulation. However, as the field shifts toward complex real-world applications, model accuracy requirements are […]

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