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RI Seminar: Matt Mason
State of the Institute

Matt Mason
Director, Robotics Institute, RI/CS, Carnegie Mellon University

January 18, 2013, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, NHS 1305

For years I have given a "state of the institute" talk at faculty retreats and at staff events for institute administrative support staff, but I have neglected the other staff and the students. The purpose of this talk is to end that neglect. I'll give a review of accomplishments, give a broad overview of finances, discuss future directions, and then leave lots of time for an open forum at the end. Bring your ideas and questions!

Speaker Biography

Matt Mason is best known for his accomplishments in manipulation, including constructing a ship in a bottle, juggling three clubs or four balls, and the ability to snap his fingers with either hand. His work in other areas includes construction of a manned surface vehicle which autonomously reconfigured to an unmanned underwater vehicle, leading to the discovery that spare tires don't float.