Maryland Robotics Center Student Seminar: Research Opportunities in Perception and Robotics Group

Friday, September 13, 2019
3:30 p.m.
1146 AV Williams
Ania Picard
301 405 4358

Maryland Robotics Center Student Seminar

Research Opportunities in Perception and Robotics Group 

Nitin Sanket, PhD candidate
Kanishka Ganguly, PhD Student
Chahat Deep Singh, PhD student
Department of Computer Science
Advisor: Professor Yiannis Aloimonos

This talk entails different research aspects focused in the Perception and Robotics Group.

The first wing of our lab works on aerial robot autonomy. The never-ending quest to understand and mimic ultra-efficient flying agents like bees, flies, and birds have fueled the human fascination to create autonomous, agile and ultra-efficient flying robots. These small aerial robots are not only utilitarian but are much safer to operate in static or dynamic environments and around other agents as compared to their larger counterparts. Simply using “off-the-shelf” computer vision algorithms finds little use on these small aerial robots due to their limited computing power and tight time bounds which escalate with a decrease in size. Hence, we introduce a new philosophy of algorithmic design for small aerial robots and present multiple applications regarding the same.

In the other wing of our lab, we work on bio-inspired anthropomorphic grasping. We are working on reactive and dexterous grasping problems using the Shadow Hand and UR10 manipulator, equipped with state-of-the-art BioTac tactile sensors. Our main goals for this project include performing surface reconstruction using tactile feedback control, adaptive grasping using physical interactions between fingers and objects, and transfer of grasps between end-effectors with different physical configurations. At the core of our approach is a novel joint controller based on tactile feedback, and methods to model tactile data as images and compute tactile flow on them.

About the Robotics Student Seminars

The Robotics Student Seminars at the University of Maryland College Park are a student-run series of talks given by current robotics students.

The purpose of these talks is to:

  • Encourage interaction between Robotics students from different subfields;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to be aware of and possibly get involved in the research their peers are conducting;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to receive feedback on their current research;
  • Provide speaking opportunities for Robotics students.



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