[Bloominglabs-announce] Fwd: [cognoscente] Announcement: Intelligent Systems Seminar - UPDATE (fwd)

Jenett Tillotson jtillots at cogbots.com
Mon Oct 29 13:12:29 EDT 2012

This presentation might be of interest to Bloominglabs. It is open to the
public and will be at the Informatics building on 10th street.


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Intelligent Systems Seminar
Friday, Nov 2, 3-4pm  (updated time)
Informatics East 150

Title: Introducing the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Speaker: Kris Hauser, Assistant Professor, School of Informatics and

Abstract: Earlier this year, DARPA announced an ambitious, massive new
program for developing a robot for assisting humans in disaster relief.
Inspired by the need to respond to a Fukushima-like disaster, the DARPA
Robotics Challenge (DRC) asks researchers around the world to build a robot
with similar strength, agility, and dexterity as a human, while being able
to support first responders by operating in hazardous environments.
Following the spirit of prior competitions like the DARPA Grand
Challenge and DARPA Urban Challenge, which catalyzed the field of
autonomous driving, the DRC is also structured as a competition that pits
teams against one another to win a $2,000,000 prize.

In this talk I will give an overview of IU’s role in the DRC as part of
Team-HUBO, a large team headed by Drexel University.  Based on the Korean
Hubo humanoid robot platform, and in partnership with roboticists at Purdue
and Ohio State, our task is to develop software for agile locomotion,
including climbing ladders and walking/scrambling over rough terrain.  I
will also discuss technical challenges and opportunities for solving
these problems, which require a significant amount of work in perception,
planning, control, hardware design, and robot-operator interfaces.

More information about the DRC and Team-HUBO can be found at the following

http://theroboticschallenge.**com/ <http://theroboticschallenge.com/>

http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu/**DRC/ <http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu/DRC/>

Bio: Kris Hauser received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford
University in 2008, bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics
from UC Berkeley in 2003, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UC
Berkeley’s Automation Lab. He has held his current position as Assistant
Professor in Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing since
2009, where he directs the Intelligent Motion Lab.  Research
interests include algorithms for robot motion planning and control,
integration of planning and perception, and semiautonomous robots.
Applications of his research have included vehicle collision avoidance,
robotic manipulation, robot-assisted medicine, and legged locomotion in
rough terrain.

Kris Hauser, PhD
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~**hauserk <http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~hauserk>
Office: (812) 856-7496     Fax: (812) 855-4829
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