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Robotics Institute Seminar Schedule, Fall 1998
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412)268-3818 . (412)268-5571 (fax)

This page is provided for historical and archival purposes only. While the seminar dates are correct, we offer no guarantee of informational accuracy or link validity. Contact information for the speakers, hosts and seminar committee are certainly out of date.

Seminar Calendar
Information on the speaker, when available, can be viewed by clicking on the speaker's name. The abstract, when available, can be viewed by clicking on the title of the seminar. The schedule, titles, and abstracts from earlier in this semester can be found in the archives.

Date Speaker Affiliation Host
September 10 Special seminar:
Latest Results from the Lunar Prospector Satellite and their Implications for Lunar Rover Exploration
Thursday, 4:30pm (no refreshments preceding seminar)
Alan Binder
Lunar Research Institute
NASA Ames Research Center
Lunar Prospector Mission
Mike Montemerlo
September 11 Real-Time Perception and Action in Teams of Robots for Goal Achievement in Adversarial Environments
Manuela Veloso
Carnegie Mellon University
Computer Science
September 18 Technology Commercialization: The Entrepreneurial Pathway
Frank Demmler
The Enterprise Corporation of Pittsburgh (speaker)
Jack Roseman
Carnegie Mellon University
September 25
Microelectromechanical Systems
NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 4:00pm (refreshments at 3:45pm)
Dr. Kaigham J. Gabriel
Carnegie Mellon University
October 2 Toward Image-Based Modeling of Complex Environments
NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 4:00pm (refreshments at 3:45pm)
Dr. Steve Seitz Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics and CS
October 9 Joint seminar with Mechanical Engineering:
Applications of Noncommutative Harmonic Analysis in Robotics and Imaging
Scaife Hall 125, 3:15pm (refreshments at 2:45pm)
Gregory Chirikjian Johns Hopkins University
CS and ME
Howie Choset
October 16 Design Lessons for Building Agile Manufacturing Systems
Wyatt Newman
Case Western Reserve University
Electrical Engineering
Al Rizzi
October 23 Image Guided and Computer Assisted Surgery: Clinician's and Engineer's Perspective
Tony DiGioia, MD
Carnegie Mellon University
     Robotics (Medical Robotics)
ShadySide Hospital
     Center for Orthopaedic Research
Dr. Branko Jaramaz
October 30 Urban Robotics: A chance to develop new and different robots
Hagen Schempf Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
November 6 Computer Perception of Emotion in the Face and Voice
Jeff Cohn University of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University
November 13 Concurrent Mapping and Localization for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
John J. Leonard Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Ocean Engineering
Tony Stentz
November 20 No seminar: Seminar cancelled
November 27 No seminar: Thanksgiving break
December 4 Drilling for Lunar Ice: Rover and Lander Design for the Icebreaker Mission
16-861: Mobile Robot Design Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute

Previous Seminars
Abstracts from earlier this semester, as well as Seminar calendars and abstracts back to the Fall of 1993 can be found in the Robotics Institute Seminar Archive.

General Information
Seminars are held every Friday in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall, unless otherwise noted on the calendar or abstract. Seminars begin at 3:30pm, and refreshments are served upstairs starting at 3:15pm. Feel free to arrive early to get the first shot at the cookies and talk to your colleagues; please try not to leave during a seminar in deference to the speaker.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with a speaker, please contact the speaker if they are from CMU, or their host, listed on the calendar, if they are from outside of the University.

Seminar Committee
For technical issues and final scheduling commitments, as well as opinions or suggestions on speakers and seminar topics, please contact Vladimir Brajovic. by e-mail at, or by phone at (412)268-5622.

For administrative issues, tentative scheduling, reimbursements, and opinions on what kind of tea, coffee, or cookies you would like to see at the seminar, please contact Ruth Wiehagen by e-mail at or by phone at (412)268-3327.

Vladimir Brajovic, chair
Ruth Wiehagen, travel
Zack Butler, speaker relations
Salvatore Desiano, electronic publicity
Daniel Nikovski, real-world publicity

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