The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | April 2

Robotics Institute Seminar, April 2
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

User Interfaces and Reinforcement Learning for Motion Control

Michiel van de Panne

Dept of Computer Science

University of British Columbia





Time and Place

Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm



Motion control is a wonderfully rich and interesting problem in the context of both animation and robotics. We first present recent work related to user interfaces for animated motions (motion sketching, sports prototyping). We then present ongoing work on the use of policy-search reinforcement learning for automated controller design and demonstrate results on a number of interesting dynamical systems.



Speaker Biography

Michiel van de Panne obtained his B.A.Sc. in 1987 ( University of Calgary), and his M.A.Sc. & Ph.D. in 1989 and 1994, respectively (University of Toronto). From 1993 to 2001 he was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science  at the University of Toronto. Since January 2002, he is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Computer Graphics and Animation in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. In between, he was a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, and also founded Motion Playground Inc.  to develop games using physics-based animation and simulation.


His research interests are in computer graphics, physics-based animation and simulation, motion planning, robotics, and applications of machine learning. He has served on the program committees of ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM I3D, and Graphics Interface and co-chaired the 1997 Eurographics Workshop on Animation and Simulation. He recently helped found and co-chair the ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation in 2002, and he is the co-program chair of Graphics Interface 2005.




Speaker Appointments

For appointments, please contact Jessica Hodgins.


The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.