Robotics Colloquia

Robotics Colloquium

The Robotics Colloquium features talks by invited and local researchers on all aspects of robotics, including control, perception, machine learning, mechanical design and interaction. The colloquium is held Fridays between 2:30-3:30pm. Special seminars outside this schedule are indicated with * below. Check schedule below for location. Refreshments are served.

If you would like to give a talk in upcoming Robotics Colloquia, please contact Maya Cakmak (mcakmakatcs). If you would like to get regular email announcements and reminders about the robotics colloquium speakers, please sign up to the Robotics@UW mailing list.

 
Winter 2017 Organizers: Sam Burden, Maya Cakmak, Dieter Fox
01/06/2017
No colloquium    
01/13/2017
 
Matt Rueben
Oregon State University
Privacy Sensitive Robotics abstract
01/20/2017
2:30-5:00pm
Frontiers of Science
Savery Hall 260
01/27/2017
Ross Hatton
Oregon State University
TBA abstract
02/03/2017
Avik De
University of Pennsylvania
TBA abstract
02/10/2017
TBA    
02/17/2017
Sonia Chernova
Georgia Institute of Technology
Reliable Robot Autonomy through Learning and Interaction abstract
02/24/2017
TBA    
03/03/2017
TBA    
03/10/2017
TBA    
 
Fall 2016 Organizers: Sam Burden, Maya Cakmak, Dieter Fox, Sawyer Fuller
10/07/2016
CSE 305
David Remy
University of Michigan
Gaits and Natural Dynamics in Robotic Legged Locomotion abstract
10/14/2016
 
IROS 2016 and DUB retreat
No talk
   
10/21/2016
Industry Affiliates Week
Check out talks and posters by robotics students
   
10/28/2016
CSE 305
Emo Todorov
University of Washington
Goal-directed Dynamics abstract
11/04/2016
CSE 305
Sean Andrist
Microsoft Research
Gaze Mechanisms for Situated Interaction with Embodied Agents abstract
11/11/2016
 
Veterans day
No talk
   
11/18/2016
CSE 305
Nick Roy
MIT
Planning to Fly (and Drive) Aggressively abstract
11/25/2016
 
Thanksgiving
No talk
   
12/02/2016
CSE 305
Shai Revzen
University of Michigan
TBD abstract
12/09/2016
CSE 305
Ashis Banerjee
University of Washington
TBD abstract
 
Spring 2016 Organizers: Justin Huang, Leah Perlmutter, Dieter Fox, and Maya Cakmak
4/1/16
CSE 305
Tomás Lozano-Pérez
MIT
Integrated task and motion planning in belief space abstract
4/8/16
CSE 305
Henny Admoni
CMU / Yale
Recognizing Human Intent for Assistive Robotics abstract
4/11/16
CSE 305
Wolfram Burgard
University of Frieburg
Deep Learning for Robot Navigation and Perception abstract
4/22/16
CSE 305
Travis Deyle
Cobalt Robotics
RFID-Enhanced Robots Enable New Applications in Healthcare, Asset Tracking, and Remote Sensing abstract
5/6/16
CSE 305
Brian Scassellati
Yale
Robots That Teach abstract
5/13/16
CSE 305
Sarah Elliott, Mohammad Haghighipanah, Vikash Kumar, Yangming Li, Muneaki Miyasaka, Leah Perlmutter, Luis Puig, and Yuyin Sun
University of Washington
ICRA 2016 Practice Talks abstract
6/3/16
CSE 305
Sidd Srinivasa
CMU
Physics-based Manipulation abstract
*6/10/16
CSE 403
3:30 pm
Ashish Kapoor
Microsoft Research
Planetary Scale Swarm Sensing, Planning and Control for Weather Prediction abstract
 
Winter 2016 Organizers: Kendall Lowrey, Patrick Lancaster, and Dieter Fox
3/11/16
CSE 305
Daniel Butler
UW CSE
Model-based Reinforcement Learning with Parametrized Physical Models and Optimism-Driven Exploration abstract
3/04/16
CSE 305
James Youngquist
UW CSE
DeepMPC: Learning Deep Latent Features for Model Predictive Control abstract
2/26/16
CSE 305
Justin Huang
UW CSE
Place Recognition with ConvNet Landmarks: Viewpoint-Robust, Condition-Robust, Training-Free abstract
2/19/16
EEB 303
Daniel Gordon
UW CSE
Deep Neural Decision Forests abstract
2/12/16
CSE 305
Harley Montgomery
UW CSE
End-to-End Training of Deep Visuomotor Policies abstract
2/5/16
CSE 305
Aaron Walsman
UW CSE
Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search abstract
1/29/16
CSE 305
Zachary Nehrenberg
UW CSE
Real-Time Trajectory Generation for Quadrocopters abstract
1/29/16
CSE 305
Patrick Lancaster
UW CSE
Towards Learning Hierarchical Skills for Multi-Phase Manipulation Tasks abstract
1/22/16
CSE 305
Tanner Schmidt
UW CSE
Pose Estimation of Kinematic Chain Instances via Object Coordinate Regression abstract
1/15/16
CSE 305
Kendall Lowrey
UW CSE
Combining the benefits of function approximation and trajectory optimization abstract
1/15/16
CSE 305
Vladimir Korukov
UW CSE
Information-Theoretic Planning with Trajectory Optimization for Dense 3D Mapping abstract
 
Fall 2015 Organizers: Tanner Schmidt and Dieter Fox
10/9/15
CSE 305
Dan Bohus
Microsoft Research
Physically Situated Dialog: Opportunities and Challenges abstract
10/16/15
CSE 305
Sawyer Fuller
UW
Aerial autonomy at insect scale: What flying insects can tell us about robotics and vice versa abstract
10/23/15
Kane Hall 110
Russ Tedrake
MIT
From Polynomials to Humanoid Robots
Part of the MathAcrossCampus Colloquium Series
abstract
10/30/15
CSE 305
Frank Dellaert
Skydio
Factor Graphs for Flexible Inference in Robotics and Vision abstract
11/6/15
CSE 305
Student Research Lightning Talks    
11/13/15
CSE 305
Louis-Philippe Morency
CMU
Modeling Human Communication Dynamics abstract
11/20/15
CSE 305
Tom Whelan
Oculus Research
Real-time dense methods for 3D perception abstract
11/27/15
CSE 305
Thanksgiving
No talk
   
12/4/15
CSE 305
Seth Hutchinson
UIUC
Robust Distributed Control Policies for Multi-Robot Systems abstract
12/11/15
CSE 305
Dmitry Berenson
WPI
Toward General-Purpose Manipulation of Deformable Objects abstract
 
Spring 2015 Organizers: Connor Schenck, Maya Cakmak, Dieter Fox
04/17/15
CSE 303
Neil Lebeck and Natalie Brace
UW CSE
Multirotor Aerial Vehicles: Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Quadrotor abstract
04/24/15
CSE 303
Peter Henry
UW CSE
LSD-SLAM: Large-Scale Direct Monocular SLAM abstract
05/01/15
CSE 303
Dan Butler
UW CSE
Probabilistic Segmentation and Targeted Exploration of Objects in Cluttered Environments abstract
05/07/15
CSE 303
Marc Deisenroth
Imperial College, London
Statistical Machine Learning for Autonomous Systems and Robots abstract
05/15/15
CSE 303
Arunkumar Byravan and Kendall Lowrey
UW CSE
Reinforcement Learning in Robotics: A Survey abstract
05/22/15   ICRA practice talks. abstracts
05/29/15 No Colloquium Colloquium cancelled for ICRA 2015.  
06/05/15
CSE 303
Jim Youngquist
UW CSE
A Strictly Convex Hull for Computing Proximity Distances With Continuous Gradients abstract
 
Winter 2015 Organizers: Connor Schenck, Maya Cakmak, Dieter Fox
01/14/15
CSE 305
Mike Chung
UW CSE
Accelerating Imitation Learning through Crowdsourcing abstract
  Tanner Schmidt
UW CSE
Dense Articulated Real-Time Tracking abstract
01/23/15
CSE 305
Discussion Amazon Picking Challenge <
01/30/15 No colloquium    
02/06/15
CSE 305
Joseph Xu
UW CSE
Design and Control of an Anthropomorphic Robotic Hand: Learning Advantages From the Human Body & Brain abstract
  Vikash Kumar
UW CSE
Dimensionality Augmentation: A tool towards synthesizing complex and expressive behaviors abstract
02/13/15
CSE 305
Sofia Alexandrova
UW CSE
RoboFlow: A Flow-based Visual Programming Language for Mobile Manipulation Tasks abstract
02/20/15
CSE 305
Igor Mordatch
UW CSE
Synthesis of Interactive Control for Diverse Complex Characters with Neural Networks abstract
02/27/15
CSE 305
Richard Newcombe
UW CSE
DynamicFusion: Reconstruction and Tracking of Non-Rigid Scenes in Real-Time abstract
03/06/15
CSE 691
Aaron Steinfeld
Carnegie Mellon University
Understanding and Creating Appropriate Robot Behavior abstract
03/13/15
CSE 305
Luis Puig
UW CSE
Overview of Omnidirectional Vision abstract
 
Autumn 2014 Organizers: Vikash Kumar, Maya Cakmak, Dieter Fox
10/03/14
CSE 305
Danny Kaufman
Adobe Creative Technologies Lab, Seattle
Geometric Algorithms for Computing Frictionally Contacting Systems abstract
10/10/14
EE 037
Dubi Katz & Michael Abrash
Oculus VR
VR, the future, and you abstract
10/17/14
CSE 503
3:30pm
Kira Mourao
PostDoc, Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, University of Edinburgh
What happens if I push this button? Learning planning operators from experience abstract
10/24/14
CSE 305
Sam Burden
PostDoc, University of California, Berkeley
Hybrid Models for Dynamic and Dexterous Robots abstract
*10/29/14 (Wed)
HUB 250
12:30pm
Bilge Mutlu
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Human-Centered Principles and Methods for Designing Robotic Technologies
(Joint with DUB seminar, lunch will be served at 12:00)
abstract
10/31/14
CSE 305
Sergey Levine
PostDoc, University of California, Berkeley
Learning to Move: Machine Learning for Robotics and Animation abstract
11/07/14 No talk    
11/14/14 Sachin Patil
PostDoc, University of California, Berkeley
Coping with Uncertainty in Robotic Navigation and Manipulation abstract
11/21/14
Gates Commons
3:00pm
HRI Mini Symposium
HRI 2015 Program committee members
   
11/28/14 No talk, Thanksgiving Break    
12/05/14
CSE 305
Marianna Madry
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Representing Objects in Robotics from Visual, Depth and Tactile Sensing abstract
*12/18/14 (Thu)
CSE 305
11:00am
Scott Niekum
Carnegie Mellon University
Structure Discovery in Robotics with Demonstrations and Active Learning abstract
Winter 2014, Organizer: Maya Cakmak
01/17/14
CSE 403
Byron Boots
UW CSE
Learning Better Models of Dynamical Systems abstract
01/24/14
CSE 403
Julie Shah
MIT
Integrating Robots into Team-Oriented Environments abstract
01/31/14
CSE 403
Ryan Calo
UW Law
Robotics & The New Cyberlaw abstract
02/07/14
CSE 403
James McLurkin
Rice University
Distributed Algorithms for Robot Recovery, Multi-Robot Triangulation, and Advanced Low-Cost Robots abstract
02/14/14   Cancelled  
02/21/14
CSE 403
Mihai Jalobeanu
Microsoft Research
Towards ubiquitous robots abstract
02/28/14
CSE 403
Cynthia Matuszek
UW CSE
Talking to Robots: Learning to Ground Human Language in Perception and Execution abstract
03/07/14   Cancelled  
03/14/14
CSE 403
Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
UW Psychology
Social and Moral Relationships with Robots abstract
03/21/14
Gates Commons
Gur Kimchi
Amazon
Amazon Prime Air abstract
Autumn 2013, Organizer: Maya Cakmak
10/11/13
MGH 241
Ashutosh Saxena
Cornell University
How should a robot perceive the world?
(Joint with Machine Learning)
abstract
10/18/13   UW/MSR Machine Learning day  
10/25/13
CSE 403
Kat Steele
University of Washington, Mechanical Engineering
Strategies for understanding and improving movement disorders abstract
11/01/13
CSE 403
Maya Cakmak
University of Washington, CSE
Towards seamless human-robot hand-overs abstract
*11/07/13 (Thu)
CSE 403
2:30-3:20pm
Ross A. Knepper
MIT
Autonomous Assembly In a Human World abstract
*11/08/13
CSE 403
12-1pm
Brian Ziebart
University of Illinois, Chicago
Beyond Conditionals: Structured Prediction for Interacting Processes
(Lunch will be served)
abstract
11/08/13
Gates Commons
Jenay Beer
University of South Carolina
Considerations for Designing Assistive Robotics to Promote Aging-in-Place abstract
11/15/13
CSE 403
Dinei Florencio
Microsoft Research
Navigation for telepresence robots and some thoughts on robot learning abstract
11/22/13
CSE 403
Andrzej Pronobis
University of Washington, CSE
Semantic Knowledge in Mobile Robotics: Perception, Reasoning, Communication and Actions abstract
12/06/13
Gates Commons
Steve Cousins
Savioke, Inc. & Willow Garage, Inc.
It's Time for Service Robots
(Joint with CSNE)
abstract
Spring 2013, Organizers: Cynthia Matuszek, Dieter Fox
04/5/13 Dieter Fox
Cynthia Matuszek
PechaKucha 20x20 for Robotics abstract
04/12/13 No talk    
04/19/13 Robotics Students & Staff PechaKucha-style Robotics Research Overviews abstract
04/26/13 Pete Wurman
Special Wednesday Colloquium, CSE 203
Coordinating Hundreds of Autonomous Vehicles in Warehouses
abstract
04/26/13 Matt Mason Learning to Use Simple Hands abstract
05/03/13 Nadia Shouraboura Canceled  
05/10/13 No talk (ICRA)
05/17/13 Tom Daniel Control and Dynamics of Animal Flight: Reverse Engineering Nature's Robots abstract
05/24/13 Katherine Kuchenbecker The Value of Tactile Sensations in Haptics and Robotics abstract
05/31/13 Pieter Abbeel Machine Learning and Optimization for Robotics abstract
06/07/13 Nick Roy Canceled  
Winter 2013, Organizer: Dieter Fox
01/18/13 Robotics and State
Estimation Lab
Overview of RSE Lab Research
01/25/13 Joshua Smith Robotics Research in the Sensor Systems Group abstract
02/01/13 no talk    
02/08/13 Gaurav Sukhatme Persistent Autonomy at Sea abstract
02/15/13 Jiri Najemnik Sequence Optimization in Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Biology abstract
02/22/13 no talk    
03/01/13 Richard Newcombe Beyond Point Clouds: Adventures in Real-time Dense SLAM abstract
03/08/13 Tom Erez Model-Based Optimization for Intelligent Robot Control abstract
03/15/13 Byron Boots Spectral Approaches to Learning Dynamical Systems abstract
Spring 2012, Organizer: Dieter Fox
3/30/12 Andrea Thomaz Designing Learning Interactions for Robots abstract
4/6/12 Javier Movellan Towards a New Science of Learning abstract
4/13/12 Emanuel Todorov Automatic Synthesis of Complex Behaviors with Optimal Control abstract
4/20/12 Andrew Barto Autonomous Robot Acquisition of Transferable Skills abstract
4/27/12 Dieter Fox Grounding Natural Language in Robot Control Systems abstract
5/4/12 Allison Okamura Robot-Assisted Needle Steering abstract
5/11/12 Blake Hannaford Click the Scalpel -- Better Patient Outcomes by Advancing Robotics in Surgery abstract
5/18/12 no talk  
5/25/12 Malcolm MacIver Robotic Electrolocation abstract
6/1/12 Drew Bagnell Imitation Learning, Inverse Optimal Control and Purposeful Prediction abstract
 
DETAILED SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2017
01/13/2017
CSE 305
Matt Rueben
Oregon State University
Privacy-Sensitive Robotics
Abstract: Privacy is important for everybody, and the advent of robotics technology poses new and unique privacy concerns that need to be addressed. This talk introduces "privacy-sensitive robotics," the growing study of privacy issues and how to address them for useful and acceptable human-robot interactions. Two studies will be presented. The first looks at interfaces for specifying what's private to a robot. Physical and persistent interfaces are tested alongside a traditional point-and-click setup in a live user study with a real PR2 robot and realistic office environment. The second study is about the effect of context on people's privacy concerns. Subjects responded to a video of a telepresence robot in their home; we measured the impact of wrapping this scenario in different interpretive frames. It will become clear that privacy-sensitive robotics is a largely untouched research area despite deep privacy literature in neighboring fields. Much more research is needed soon to match the pace of technological development.

Speaker’s Bio: Matthew Rueben is a Robotics PhD candidate in the Personal Robotics group at Oregon State University. He earned the H.B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, also from Oregon State University, in 2013. Matt's current research centers on privacy concerns about mobile robots. This includes the factors that determine people's privacy concerns about robots, what objects and places people consider private, and how they might communicate these preferences to robots.
02/17/2017
CSE 305
Sonia Chernova
Georgia Institute of Technology
Reliable Robot Autonomy through Learning and Interaction
Abstract: Robotics is undergoing an exciting transition from factory automation to the deployment of autonomous systems in less structured environments, such as warehouses, hospitals and homes. One of the critical barriers to the wider adoption of autonomous robotic systems in the wild is the challenge of achieving reliable autonomy in complex and changing human environments. In this talk, I will discuss ways in which innovations in learning from demonstration and remote access technologies can be used to develop and deploy autonomous robotic systems alongside and in collaboration with human partners. I will present applications of this research paradigm to robot learning, object manipulation and semantic reasoning, as well as explore some exciting avenues for future research in this area.

Speaker’s Bio: Sonia Chernova is the Catherine M. and James E. Allchin Early-Career Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where she directs the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning research lab. Her research spans semantic reasoning, human-robot interaction, interactive machine learning and cloud robotics, with the focus on developing robots that are able to effectively operate in human environments. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER, ONR Young Investigator and NASA Early Career Faculty awards.

Details of previous Robotics Colloquia can be found here.