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Robotics Events @ GT

Drop the Mic! | IRIM Seminar Series Launches with a
New Format on Sep. 16

All Seminar Sessions Occur @ 12:15 - 1:15 (EST)

Get ready for great debates in robotics with Georgia Tech Experts. Each seminar will feature a panel of GT robotics and technology experts to discuss topics in depth.

September 16 | Session 1:  "Cost of Transport, the Correct Metric for Mobile Systems?"

Abstract: Energetic cost of locomotion is often the gold standard measures used in autonomous robotic walking for efficiency as well as humans augmented with lower limb wearable robotics. The panel will discuss the relative benefits as well as critical disadvantages to the field’s obsession on energy cost for optimizing robotic systems and controls. Applications to clinical robotics for impaired populations, autonomous biped robotics, and wearable robotics for human augmentation will be discussed. The panel will also discuss potential alternative measures beyond energy cost to assess locomotion systems such as those associated with stability and agility.

Panelists: Aaron Young - GT ME, Ani Mazumdar - GT ME, Greg Sawicki - GT ME, Ye Zhao - GT ME

Access the Debate Here:

Robograds Virtual Seminar Logo September 28 | Topic: Computer Vision & Medical Robotics

Speaker 1 Topic TBA
David Hayden  | Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Speaker 2 Topic TBA
Henry M. Clever | Healthcare Robotics Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology
Access the Session Here:


World's Largest Robotics Conference Goes Virtual

From September 8 thru September 11, the RIA Robotics Week will be accessible in a fee-free virtual format. Covering topics in the full spectrum of robotics research, from automation to integration and deployment, this event will be a great opportunity for all interested in the future of the robotics landscape.

Dr. Gary McMurray (GTRI & IRIM) will join industry experts on September 10 for a panel discussion on Employability –How to Harness Robotic Competency for Industry 4.0

Additional highlights of the event include:
  • Updating the US Robotics Roadmap | Dr. Henrik Christensen of the University of California at San Diego
  • Presentations from leading robotics start-ups |  GrayMatter Robotics,  Hello Robot, Elementary Robotics,, Flexiv, Freedom Robotics and Miso Robotics
  • Keynote Lecture |  Damion Shelton of Agility Robotics
  • Panel discussion on the Future of Robotics |  Sarcos Robotics, Boston Dynamics, REInvest Robotics, and Hello Robot
  • Panel discussion on How AI-Powered Robotics Will Change Automation | Amazon, Honeywell, NVIDIA and Siemens
Don't worry if you miss an event, all live presentations will be archived for later viewing until September 30, 2020.
See the Conference Agenda and
Access Registration Here

Introducing IRIM's Newest Faculty Members:

Alper Erturk
Dr. Erturk began at Georgia Tech in May 2011 as an Assistant Professor, he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2016 and became a full Professor in 2019. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he worked as a Research Scientist in the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures at Virginia Tech (2009-2011). His postdoctoral research interests included theory and experiments of smart structures for applications ranging from aeroelastic energy harvesting to bio-inspired actuation. His Ph.D. dissertation (2009) was centered on experimentally validated electromechanical modeling of piezoelectric energy harvesters using analytical and approximate analytical techniques. Prior to his Ph.D. studies in Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech, Dr. Erturk completed his M.S. degree (2006) in Mechanical Engineering at METU with a thesis on analytical and semi-analytical modeling of spindle-tool dynamics in machining centers for predicting chatter stability and identifying interface dynamics between the assembly components. 

Representative Selection of Work:
  1. Piezoelectric energy harvesting,  A Erturk, DJ Inman
  2. "An experimentally validated bimorph cantilever model for piezoelectric energy harvesting from base excitations" A Erturk, DJ Inman Smart materials and structures, 18 (2), 025009
  3. "Topological edge states in quasiperiodic locally resonant metastructures" Y Xia, A Erturk, M Ruzzene Physical Review Applied 13 (1), 014023


Visit Alper Erturk's Website Here

Kinsey Herrin

Kinsey Herrin is a Senior Research Scientist in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. She supports a number of wearable robotics research efforts across Georgia Tech’s campus and holds the ABC credential for a Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist. Kinsey is passionate about advancing state of the art technology available to individuals with physical challenges and amputations as well as the exploration of wearable technology to augment and enhance human performance. She was the former Clinical Liaison & Coordinator and academic faculty within the Georgia Tech MSPO program. She completed her residency training in orthotics and prosthetics at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the University of Michigan, respectively, and has over 10 years of experience working with and treating a wide variety of patients in clinical and research settings. 

Representative Selection of Work:
  1. Herrin, K., and Geil, M. (2015) A Comparison of Orthoses in the Treatment of Idiopathic Toe Walking: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Prosthetics and Orthotics International.
  2. Herrin, K., et al. "An automatic human-in-the-loop tuning algorithm for a robotic ankle prosthesis depends on an understanding of gait quality." American Society of Biomechanics. 2020. Atlanta, GA.
  3. Herrin, K., et al. "Assessing gait quality for the development of a human-in-the-loop tuning algorithm for robotic ankle prostheses." 2020 National Robotics Initiative (NRI) Principal Investigators' Meeting. 2020. Arlington, VA.


Visit Kinsey Herrin's Website Here

Calling all IROS 2020 Participants

Are you presenting at IROS 2020? IRIM wants to know! Drop us a line at with your accepted paper details, presentation time and link, or other pertinent information and we will publicize on our social and news channels running up to the conference.
IRIM Faculty Lab Highlight

The Exoskeleton and Prosthetic Intelligent Controls (EPIC) Lab
PI | Aaron Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,  Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

EPIC Lab Team

The Exoskeleton and Prosthetic Intelligent Controls (EPIC) Lab at Georgia Tech, led by Dr. Aaron Young, is devoted to the design and improvement of powered orthotic and prosthetic control systems. The EPIC lab has the ability to characterize robotic devices and controller implementation from the ground up, starting at fabrication and bench-top testing, to controller optimization, and ultimately, measuring the effects on human performance outcomes.

Access the EPIC Lab Here

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