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.
MARLO was traipsing around N. Campus on Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 in a pair of snowshoes. Discovery Channel’s flagship science program, Daily Planet, was on hand to film the event. Discovery Channel has been running a clip based on MARLO in the Mist and a draft of MARLO vs a 22 Degree Slope.
The research of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics alum Dr. Alireza Ramezani is featured on the February cover of Science Robotics. Dr. Ramezani defended his dissertation, “Feedback Control Design for MARLO, a 3D-Bipedal Robot,” in 2013.
The U-M Mathematics Department has awarded Hamed Razavi with the 2016 Sumner B. Myers Prize, which honors the best PhD thesis in mathematics. No award is made unless a thesis is judged to be truly distinguished:
Hamed Razavi, “Symmetry Method for Limit Cycle Walking of Legged Robots”, co-advised by Tony Bloch (Math) and Jessy Grizzle (EECS).
As a way to celebrate the end of the semester and the holiday season and take a break from exam studies, RGSC held a White Elephant gift exchange party. Enthusiasm and the holiday spirit were high, and everybody had a relaxing and fun time, as we enjoyed food, socializing, presents, and a lot of laughs. This is likely to become an annual event for the robotics group.
Michigan Robotics students wish you a Happy New Year!
New University of Michigan research vehicles will be open testbeds for academic and industry researchers to rapidly test self-driving and connected vehicle technologies at a world-class proving ground – Mcity.
Research has its super intense moments and its pleasures. In the video MARLO vs. Wave Fieldour intrepid bipedal friend renews an ongoing battle, this time equipped with a new nonlinear control algorithm incorporating machine learning. More recently, MARLO took a stroll near SRB and the Wave Field, with the objective of enjoying the beautiful fall colors.
Robotics PhD student Kevin Lieberman has been awarded a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and an Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations, Kevin!
Next time you think some robotics professors are just chillin’ out, you had better look again. They may be exploring the next great idea. Professors Matt Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan used the video game Grand Theft Auto to generate annotated data that was then used to train machine learning algorithms for autonomous driving – and it worked great! You can read more in their paper on the arXiv.