Research on Small-scale and Micro-robotic Needs at U-M

January 11, 2018

Professor Kenn Oldham and his team’s most recent work on robotics is tied to the attached series of related articles regarding testing piezoelectric/polymer small-scale robots along with a bit of battery modeling motivated by micro-robotic needs.

Article: Polymer Leg Mechanisms for Millimeter-scale Robotics

Article: Microrobot Locomotion

Article: Dynamic Structural and Contact Modeling for a Silicon Hexapod Microrobot

A New Framework to Guide the Processing of RGBD Video

August 30, 2017

Dr. Jason Corso and Dr. Brent Griffin are extending prior work in bottom-up video segmentation to include depth information from RGBD video, which allows us to better train for specific tasks and adaptively update representations of objects in complex environments. For robotics applications, we are incorporating this into a framework that guides the processing of RGBD video using a kinematic description of a robot’s actions, thereby increasing the quality of observations while reducing the overall computational costs. Using kinematically-guided RGBD video, we are able to provide feedback to a robot in real-time to: identify task failure, detect external objects or agents moving into a workspace, and develop a better understanding of objects while interacting them.

Chad Jenkins named Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI)

July 12, 2017

We are thrilled to become part of the ACM family of journals,” explained THRI Co-Editor-in-Chief Odest Chadwicke Jenkins of the University of Michigan. “ACM’s reputation as a publisher of computing research is unparalleled. At the same time, the broad representation of computing disciplines in the ACM, the organization’s global reach, and platforms such as the Digital Library, are a perfect complement to our own goals for THRI.

Jenkins, along with Co-Editor-in-Chief Selma Šabanović of Indiana University, have set three primary goals for the journal in the coming years, including: 1) Sustaining the intellectual growth of HRI as a field of study (both quantitatively and qualitatively), 2) Enabling timely and productive feedback from readers, and 3) Cultivating new and leading-edge ideas in both robotics and the human-centered sciences

The inaugural issue of the rebranded ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI) is planned for March 2018. Those seeking to submit for the publication, or who have questions for the editors, are encouraged to visit the current HRI Journal website.

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