At yesterday’s May 2019 University of Michigan Board of Regents’ meeting, several Core and Affiliated Robotics faculty were approved for promotions to associate and full professors, both with tenure.Continue reading ⇒
Beginning in 2018, Talia Moore, a postdoctoral fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology, with the help of Shai Revzen, Robotics core faculty, organized partnerships between Robotics and departments around the university to invite speakers whose research demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of the field, creating the “Robotics Interfaces” seminar series.
Talks have spanned research on how ants navigate to 3D printing in architecture and fashion. Despite the various origins of such research, such as biology, architecture, or design, all presented topics have implications for robotics. For example, Barbara Webb’s research of navigation in ants includes building computational models of the ant’s neural processing. She then uses these models to test and replicate the navigational behavior in small, ant-like robots.Continue reading ⇒
Last year, California experienced the single largest wildfire in its recorded history, a wildfire in Greece killed 100, and wildfires in the British Columbia surpassed the historic proportions seen only the year before. Water and firebreaks can fight immediate threats, but improved mapping and better planning in deploying such resources can maximize impact and minimize risk, reducing the impact of fires over an entire season.
One way to improve mapping and firefighting plans? Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and algorithms that allow them to operate autonomously.Continue reading ⇒
Kevin French, a Ph.D. student in robotics, demonstrates a robotic arm, controlled with a Wii controller, that his group built for the Robotics Day technology showcase that took place Tuesday at the North Campus Research Complex. The event showcases state-of-the-art robotic technologies and educational efforts from universities, school districts, industry and government agencies across Michigan. (Photo by Akhil Kantipuly, College of Engineering)
Congrats to current Ph.D student Katie Skinner on her Distinguished Leadership Award!
This award is presented to the outstanding graduate students of the College of Engineering who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community. Katie will be honored at the Leaders and Honors Brunch on March 19th.