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Seminar Calendar


Information on the speaker can be viewed by clicking on the title of the seminar.

The abstract and the presentation, when available, are also accessible by clicking on the title of the seminar.

The schedule, titles, and abstracts from earlier in this semester can be found in the archives.






January 14


Autonomous Vehicle Development at GDRS

Brad Stuart


Alonzo Kelly

January 21

Agricultural Robots and Food Traceability Based on Robotic Agriculture

Naoshi Kondo

SI Seiko Co., Ltd

Tony Stentz

January 28

QRIO: Sony's Humanoid Robot

Special Location: NSH 3305

Ken Orii, Todd Kozuki, John DeCuir

Sony Entertainment Robot America

Manuela Veloso

February 4

An Overview of Recent CMU Research on Model-Based Face Processing

Simon Baker

Carnegie Mellon University

Simon Baker

February 11

Get a Life: How AI in Video Games Makes Characters Come Alive

Ian Davis

Mad Doc Software

Al Kelly & Sanjiv Singh

February 18

The Sonic Flashlight and Related Projects

George Stetten

Carnegie Mellon University

George Stetten

February 25

A Year on Mars: Driving the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit at Gusev Crater

Chris Leger


Martial Hebert

March 4

Mid Semester Break




March 11

Spring Break




March 18

Real-time Estimation of Camera Motion and Other Endeavors in Structure from Motion

David Nister

University of Kentucky

Yanxi Liu

March 25

Learning in Artificial Sensorimotor Systems

Daniel Lee

University of Pennsylvania

Manuela Veloso and Brett Browning

April 1

Multimodal Signal Processing with Application to Neuroprostheses and Biometrics

Richard Reilly

University College Dublin

Jeffrey Cohn

April 8

Signal-Theoretic Representations of Visual Appearance

Ravi Ramamoorthi

Columbia University

Srinivasa G Narasimhan

April 15

The 15th Gate: Mobot Wrap-Up and Awards Ceremony




April 22

Scaling Issues in Robotics:

Strength, Range, and Communication Limits on Big and Small Robots

Mel Siegel

Carnegie Mellon University

Mel Siegel

April 29

Shared Control of Assembly Tasks by Robots and Humans

Sanjiv Singh

Carnegie Mellon University

Sanjiv Singh

May 6

Biomechanics of Human Walking: Lessons from Biology, Applications to Robotics

Art Kuo

University of Michigan

Jon Hurst

May 13

Field Investigations with Astrobiology Rovers

David Wettergreen

Carnegie Mellon University

David Wettergreen


General Information

Seminars are held every Friday in 1305 Newell-Simon Hall, unless otherwise noted on the calendar or abstract. Seminars begin at 3:30pm, and refreshments are served 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.

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.

Seminar Committee

For technical issues and final scheduling commitments, as well as opinions or suggestions on speakers and seminar topics, please contact Alonzo e-mail at, or by phone at (412) 683-2550.

Alonzo Kelly, chair
David Choi,
speaker relations & electronic publicity
Seth Koterba, real-world publicity

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

This page is maintained by David Choi.