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News from IRIM | October 7, 2020 Edition
Robotics Events @ GT

 Session 3 | October 14, 2020
All Seminar Sessions Occur @ 12:15 - 1:15 (EST)

"From Coexistence to Collaboration: Towards Reliable Collaborative Robots

Harish Ravichandar | Research Scientist, School of Interactive Computing

Abstract: The field of robotics has made incredible progress over the past several decades. Indeed, we have built impressive robots capable of performing complex and intricate tasks in a variety of domains. Most modern robots, however, passively coexist with humans while performing pre-specified tasks in predictable environments. As robots become an increasingly integral part of our everyday lives -- from factory floors to our living rooms -- it is imperative that we build robots that can reliably operate and actively collaborate in unstructured environments. This talk will present three key aspects of collaborative robotics that will help us make progress toward this goal. Specifically, we will discuss algorithmic techniques that enable robots to i) consistently and reliably perform manipulation tasks, ii) understand and predict the behavior of other agents involved, and iii) effectively collaborate with other robots and humans.

Bio: Dr. Harish Ravichandar is currently a Research Scientist in the School of Interactive Computing and a faculty member of the Institute of Intelligent Robots and Machines (IRIM) at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he joined as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018.  He received his M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida in 2014 and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2018. His current research interests span the areas of robot learning, human-robot interaction, and multi-agent systems. His work has been recognized by the ASME DSCC Best Student Robotics Paper Award (2015), IEEE CSS Video Contest Award (2015), UTC Institute for Advanced System Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2016-2018), and Georgia Tech's College of Computing Outstanding Post-Doctoral Research Award (2019) and Outstanding Research Scientist Award (2020).

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Speaker 1 | Topic: TBA
Kevin Yu  | Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Speaker 2 | Topic: TBA
Venkata Ramana Makkapati | Georgia Institute of Technology

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Industry & Student Virtual Mixer
October 20, 2020 | 4pm - 6pm
Virtual Platform | Georgia Institute of Technology

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External News Alert | Hitachi Begins Testing of 5G Powered Industrial IoT Solutions at its Silicon Valley Research Center in California, USA

Fifth generation wireless network technology, commonly referred to as “5G technology,” is expected to drastically change the way society operates by providing ubiquitous connectivity with ultra-reliable low-latency communication. 5G has the power to accelerate the digital transformation of not just the telecom sector, but businesses across industries. Sectors that will benefit from the increased resiliency and efficiency that 5G technology affords include manufacturing, mobility, healthcare, energy, and IT, though the platform is also expected to support new business models.

Hitachi is taking a multi-pronged approach to developing technology solutions for the various layers of 5G, accommodating for regionally available infrastructure and needs. Leveraging Hitachi’s extensive Operational Technology (OT) knowledge accumulated over the years, as well as advanced digital technologies such as AI, Hitachi is developing Lumada solutions through collaborative creation with customers to resolve the various challenges they face and accelerate digital transformation within their businesses. 5G is expected to make business infrastructure more dynamic and improve business continuity and resilience in a “new normal” environment; Hitachi plans to enhance these benefits through “Lumada × 5G” to create added value for customers.

In a major step forward on this front, Hitachi America has partnered with Ericsson to install a dedicated 5G network in its Silicon Valley Research Center in Santa Clara, California. With this network, Hitachi America will be able to validate new 5G technologies and related solutions it is developing to generate an understanding of their potential value to customers. Hitachi America intends to start by testing manufacturing solutions using the 5G collaborative teleoperation technology co-developed with Georgia Institute of Technology (PI | Sonia Chernova: Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing) and continuing to work closely with Ericsson on joint development initiatives for industry solutions as a result of this new dedicated 5G lab network.


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IRIM Faculty Lab Highlight

CRAB Lab | Complex Rheology And Biomechanics

PI | Daniel Goldman, Ph.D.
Professor | School of Physics


Our work focuses on problems that involve complex interaction of matter (physical and biological) with materials that can display solid and fluid properties (like sand, mud, bark, brush). For example, how do organisms like lizards, crabs, and cockroaches cope with locomotion on complex terrestrial substrates (e.g. sand, bark, leaves, and grass)?

We seek to discover how biological locomotion on challenging terrain results from the nonlinear, many degree of freedom interaction of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems of organisms with materials with complex physical behavior. The study of novel biological and physical interactions with complex media can lead to the discovery of principles that govern the physics of the media.

Our approach is to integrate laboratory and field studies of organism biomechanics with systematic laboratory studies of physics of the substrates, as well as to create mathematical and physical (robot) models of both organism and substrate. Discovery of the principles of locomotion on such materials will enhance robot agility on such substrates.

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Smarticles: Robots built from smaller robots work together

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