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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: Dr Samit Chakrabarty (University of Leeds) When: Wednesday 14th April, 17:00 – 18:00 Where: Zoom (please register) Short bio: Samit Chakrabarty, in the school of biomedical sciences, did my UG degree at St Xavier’s Mumbai, Zoology and Biochemistry, followed by a PhD in spinal neurophysiology from Cambridge UK. Then been studying the role of spinal…
Speaker: Dr Devesh Jha, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) Title: A Vision Towards Feedback Robotic Manipulation When: Wednesday 7th April, 1700-1800 Where: Zoom (free but registration required) Abstract: The last decade has seen remarkable progress in the fields of deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and reinforcement learning (RL). However, similar progress has largely eluded feedback control of…
Speaker: Dr Matteo Leonetti (University of Leeds) When: Wednesday 31st March, 17:00 – 18:00 Where: Zoom (please register) Short bio: I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. I graduated BSc, MSc, and PhD in Computer Engineering (AI) from the Sapienza University of Rome. During my PhD, I was a visiting student at the University…
Abstract: The miniaturization led advances in microelectronics over last half century have revolutionized our lives through fast computing and communication. Recent advances in the field are propelled by applications such as electronic skin in robotics, wearable systems, and healthcare technologies etc. Often these applications require electronics to be soft and squishy so as to conform…
Speaker: Roland Sonsalla, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) Title: Next Generation Space Robotics and AI When: Wednesday 24th March, 1300-1400 Where: Zoom (free but registration required) Abstract: A closer look is given into three main fields of application, namely: (1) near Earth orbital missions, (2) planetary exploration ranging from Moon and Mars to…
Speaker: Dr Wolfgang Merkt, University of Oxford Title: Towards whole-body model predictive control for safe and compliant interaction When: Wednesday 10th March, 1700-1800 Where: Zoom (free but registration required) Abstract: Wolfgang’s work focuses on trajectory optimisation and optimal control with applications to legged robots such as quadrupeds and humanoids and mobile loco-manipulation. In this talk,…
Speaker: Dr Claudio Coppola, Queen Mary University of London Title: Learning Human Actions: from Perception to Robot Learning When: Wednesday 24th February, 1700-1800 Where: Zoom (free but registration required) https://universityofleeds.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElf-yoqzotHtGwFMLgm2MJ3xMxGyBQA11w Abstract: While understanding and replicating human activities is an easy task for other humans, it is still a complicated skill to program into a robot….
Abstract: The nuclear industry has a long history of using remote equipment to support the operation and decommissioning of its facilities. However, as pressures grow to perform operations in nuclear environments more quickly, with fewer risks and at reduced costs, the need for robotic systems and, where possible, autonomous systems increases. This presentation will focus…
Speaker: Ted Varley, CEO & Founder of Covvi Title: How to design Hands When: Wednesday 10th February, 1600-1700 Where: Zoom (free but please register) https://universityofleeds.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdu6srzMpGdPBzFzqGpoBG9cZuxf-LNd_ Abstract: Discussion about the various challenges when designing prosthetic hands, and how the application of technology can improve user outcomes. Short Bio: Ted Varley founded COVVI in 2017, with a goal…
Speaker: Thendral Govindaraj, Georgia Institute of Technology Title: The role of force-dependent feedback in the regulation of limb impedance and inter-joint coordination When: Wednesday 03/02/2021, 1700-1800 Where: Zoom (free but please register) Abstract: Neural feedback pathways from Golgi tendon organs, which measure active contractile force, are widely distributed in the limb. Force feedback is modulated…