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Abstract: Human beings and other biological creatures navigate unpredictable and dynamic environments by combining compliant mechanical actuators (skeletal muscle) with neural control and sensory feedback. Abiotic actuators, by contrast, have yet to match their biological counterparts in their ability to autonomously sense and adapt their form and function to changing environments. We have shown that engineered…

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Speaker 1: James Martin (School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Leeds) Title: Robotic Endoscope Autonomy Abstract: Research into autonomy for medical robotics seeks to achieve clinically appropriate milestones, with each subsequent goal being separated by a significant increase in robotic intelligence. In the context of robotic control for magnetic endoscopes, autonomy is crucial…
Abstract: While human interaction remains key to a caring treatment, medical robotics holds the potential to improve surgical processes through enabling scaling of forces and actuation, providing safe and individual treatments to patients, and allowing for efficient use of health care personnel and resources. Machine learning algorithms and standardization of processes can increase the quality…
Speaker: Prof Pietro Valdastri (University of Leeds) When: Thursday 8th July, 12:00 – 13:00 Where: Zoom (please register) Short Bio: Pietro Valdastri is a Full Professor and Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Leeds. He directs the Science and Technologies Of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab, focusing on intelligent robots to…
Abstract: Robotic Building (RB) research has been focusing on advancing robotics in architecture. With help of 4TU funding RB lab have been established in 2014. Since then, RB research focuses on the integration of Design-to-Robotic-Production and -Operation (D2RP&O) chains by linking design and production with smart operation of the built environment and by advancing applications…
Abstract: A wide range of applications can benefit from robots acquiring manipulation skills by interaction with humans. In this presentation, I will discuss the challenges that such learning process encompasses, including representations for manipulation skills that can exploit the structure and geometry of the acquired data in an efficient way, the development of optimal control…
Speaker:  Jan-Nico Zaech, ETH Zürich Title: From Tracking to Planning: Context Understanding for Autonomous Systems When: Wednesday 19th May, 1700-1800 Where: Zoom (free but registration required) Abstract: Autonomous systems are currently moving from isolated and controlled settings into more open environments that include interactions with other robots as well as humans. While this comes with…
Speaker: Dr Jordan Boyle (University of Leeds) When: Wednesday 12th May, 17:00 – 18:00 Where: Zoom (please register) Short Bio: Jordan did his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before moving to Leeds to do a PhD in the School of Computing. His PhD and subsequent…
Speaker: Dr Susana Sanchez, Softbank Robotics Europe Title: Human-Centered Robotics: Towards Assisted and Intuitive Co-Manipulation When: Wednesday 5th May, 1700-1800 Where: Zoom (free but registration required) https://universityofleeds.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdu6rqzovHtdbZRNGFuNzzOAS2C6lRoSk Abstract: For a very long time, automation was driven by the use of traditional industrial robots placed in cages, programmed to repeat more or less complex tasks at their…
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Speaker: Andrey Rudenko, Robert Bosch GmbH – Corporate Research Title: Human Motion Prediction for Safe and Efficient Operation in Human Environments When: Wednesday 21st April, 1700-1800 Where: Zoom (free but registration required) Abstract: With growing numbers of intelligent systems in human environments, the ability of such systems to perceive, understand and anticipate human behavior becomes…