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2016 Midwest Robotics Workshop (MWRW)

March 17–18, 2016

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Chicago, IL 60637

Overview

The robotics field is experiencing tremendous growth as a result of algorithmic and technological advances, the availability of common, low-cost sensors and platforms, and a standardization in open-source development. These factors together with the growing community of talented, highly-trained roboticists combine to render feasible real-world applications in our homes and workplaces, and on our streets.

The Midwest Robotics Workshop (MWRW) is intended to bring together roboticists from academia and industry in and around Midwestern United States. It is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share their work with others and to network, with the goal of creating a more cohesive and vibrant robotics community in the Midwest. The workshop will feature invited talks by leading researchers, and an exciting collection of oral presentations and interactive poster sessions.

There is no cost to attend the workshop. Additionally, we we are offering a limited number of student lodging grants for the night of March 17 in order to encourage participation from outside the Chicagoland area.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers.

on the University of Chicago campus () on March 17–18, 2016.

We encourage participants to use the workshop as an opportunity to present recent research either as a talk or during an interactive poster session. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a title and abstract summarizing your work. Since the workshop does not have published proceedings, abstracts that describe work that was previously published or is still in progress are welcome.

Tim Barfoot is the Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Space Robotics and an associate professor in the at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on advanced visual navigation for mobile robots, with a particular emphasis on applications in field robotics. Tim has developed algorithms for long-range visual odometry and teach and repeat that enable robots to navigate over extended periods of time without the need for prior visual maps.

Todd Murphey is the Charles Deering McCormick Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. Todd is interested in computational methods for mechanics and real-time optimal control, physical networks, and information theory in physical systems. His research considers applications in robotics and neuroscience, including control of assistive exoskeletons, software-enabled stroke rehabilitation, entertainment robots, and robotic exploration.

Russ Tedrake is the X Consortium Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the at MIT. Russ' interests include machine learning-based control that exploits the natural dynamics of underactuated systems to realize legged robots capable of dynamic walking over rough terrain and aerial vehicles capable of aggressive flight. Russ was the lead of , which participated in the .

Important Dates

February 25, 2016 Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
February 17, 2016 Student Lodging Grant Application Deadline
March 17–18, 2016 Workshop

Program

一道本不卡免费高清The workshop is starting at 10:00am on Thursday to allow time for people to commute to Chicago in the morning. It will end with lunch on Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

Thursday, March 17

10:00am–10:40am Breakfast (provided)
10:40am–11:00am Welcoming Remarks
11:00am–12:00pm Plenary Talk (Chair: Matthew Walter)
Russ Tedrake (MIT), Robust Model-based Optimization for Humanoids and UAVs
12:00pm–01:00pm Lunch (provided) and Poster Session I Setup
01:00pm–02:00pm Poster Session I
02:00pm–03:00pm Invited Talk Session (Chair: Steve Vozar)
Alex Cunningham, Joint Behavioral Inference for Autonomous Driving
Volkan Isler, Robotic Data Gathering in the Wild
Matthew Johnson-Roberson, Underwater Mapping: New Robotic Approaches to an Old Problem
03:00pm–04:00pm Plenary Talk (Chair: Seth Hutchinson)
Todd Murphey (Northwestern), Computational Control Engines For Robotic Systems
04:00pm–04:20pm Break
04:20pm–05:00pm Invited Talk Session (Chair: Thomas Howard)
Bilge Mutlu, Human-Centered Principles and Methods for Designing Robotic Technologies
Laurel Riek, Coordination Dynamics for Human Robot Teams
05:00pm–06:00pm Invited Talk Session (Chair: Volkan Isler)
Gustavo Arechavaleta, Visual Path Following for Humanoid Navigation
Hyongju Park, Robust Control Policies for Multi-Robot Systems
Alireza Ramezani, Flight Control of Articulated Soft Flying Robots

Friday, March 18

08:30am–10:00am Breakfast (provided) and Poster Session
10:00am–11:00am Plenary Talk (Chair: Edwin Olson)
Tim Barfoot (Toronto), Experience is the Best Teacher: Using Past Performance to Continually Improve Localization, Terrain Assessment, and Path Tracking for Visual Route Following
11:00am–12:00pm Invited Talk Session (Chair: Haluk Bayram)
Ran Dai, Integrated Motion Planning and Power Management for a Solar-Powered Ground Robot
Gerardo De La Torre, Ergodicity and Autonomous Exploration
Jong Jin Park, Safe and Comfortable Motion Planning and Control in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments
12:00pm–12:10pm Break
12:10pm–12:50pm Invited Talk Session (Chair: Michael Zinn)
Kira Barton, Intelligent Decisions in Uncertain Terrains
Ram Vasudevan, Measuring the Robustness of Legged Locomotion over Uncertain Terrain
12:50pm–01:00pm Closing Remarks
01:00pm–03:00pm Lunch (provided)

Poster Session I (Thursday)

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We will provide a limited number of grants for student lodging at a nearby hotel for the night of March 17. Please see the Registration section for information on how to apply.


Parking: A limited number of parking passes are available for TTIC's parking lot. Please contact the organizers to reserve one. Park in the and get your parking pass from the security guard in the lobby. There is also free parking in the commuter parking lot at and free street parking on many streets near TTIC (just beware of "permit parking" and "street cleaning" signs!). Parking can be found on 61st Street (between Woodlawn Ave and Blackstone Ave), on Dorchester Street (between 60th and 61st Streets).

一道本不卡免费高清. There is no cost to register.

一道本不卡免费高清We will be awarding a limited number of lodging grants for students outside the Chicagoland area who would like to attend MWRW. The grants will provide a one night stay at a nearby hotel on March 17.

, TTI-Chicago (Organizer)
, University of Michigan (Co-organizer)
, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Co-organizer)
, University of Michigan (Co-organizer)