Workshop: Next Generation Robots for the Factory of the Future - 17th of November
Seminar: Tactile perception in and outside our body
by Professor Vincent Hayward (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; Centre for Advanced Studies, University of London, UK)
When: Thu, Oct 12, 14:00-15:00
Where: QMUL, Mile End campus, graduate centre, GC101
Title: Tactile perception in and outside our body
Abstract. The mechanics of contact and friction is to touch what sound waves are to audition, and what light waves are to vision. The complex physics of contact and its consequences inside our sensitive tissues, however, differ in fundamental ways from the physics of acoustics and optics. The astonishing variety of phenomena resulting from the contact between fingers and objects is likely to have fashioned our somatosensory system at all its levels of it organisation, from early mechanics to cognition. The talk will illustrate this idea through a variety of specific examples that show how surface physics shape the messages that are sent to the brain, providing completely new opportunities for applications of human machines interfaces.
Bio. Vincent Hayward is a professor (on leave) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris. Before, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, where I became a full Professor in 2006 and was the Director of the McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines from 2001 to 2004. Hayward is interested in haptic device design, human perception, and robotics; and I am a Fellow of the IEEE. He was a European Research Council Grantee from 2010 to 2016. Since January 2017, Hayward is a Professor of Tactile Perception and Technology at the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship.
When: Fri, Nov 17, 17:00-21:30
Where: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG
Registration URL: Please register your attendance on Eventbride, as limited places are available
FourByThree is a European project aimed to design, build and test pioneering robotic solutions able to collaborate safely and efficiently with human operators in industrial manufacturing companies. This workshop will present the robotic advancements and scientific results achieved during FourByThree project. In addition, we will present and discuss the future trends of robotics, including soft robotics.
Agenda: Coming soon
The photos from the Open robotics day at Queen Mary University of London, June 29, 2017 (see details below)
Biography. Paolo Fiorini, received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Padova, (Italy), the MSEE from the University of California at Irvine (USA), and the Ph.D. in ME from UCLA (USA). From 1985 to 2000, he was with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he worked on autonomous and teleoperated systems for space experiments and exploration. In 2001 returned to Italy at the School of Science of the University of Verona (Italy) where is a Full Professor of Computer Science. His research focuses on teleoperation for surgery, space, service and exploration robotics, with particular emphasis on the theoretical and practical problems of high safety applications, such as space and surgical robots. In 2001 he founded the ALTAIR robotics laboratory, which has been awarded several EU and Italian grants, including projects on robotic surgery, such as Accurobas, Safros, Isur, and Eurosurge. In 2009, he founded the company Surgica Robotica for the development of a new generation of surgical robots that received the CE certification for abdominal surgery in 2012. He is an IEEE Fellow (2009).
How to come: the simplest way is to use London Ungerground tube stations Stepney Green or Mile End:
Seminar: Spatial perception for mobile robots
Title: How humans communicate through touch
by Dr Atsushi Takagi, Human Robotics group, Bioengineering, Imperial College London
When: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, 15:00-16:00
Where: Room 4.02, Computer science building (Bancroft Road Teaching Rooms), 4th floor (card free access from Bancroft road entrance)
Abstract: We interact with humans on a daily basis using several senses. The least studied of these is touch, like when parents assist a child to take their first steps, and during tango dancing. In this talk, I will shed some light on the mechanism of physical coordination through experiments and by simulating human behaviour computationally. First, I highlight the need to control the cognitive biases that affect the behaviour of interacting pairs. Then, I provide evidence that humans infer a partner's intentions through touch, and show how a robot imbued with this ability could assist patients undertaking physiotherapy.
Bio: Atsushi Takagi received his MSc in Physics in 2011 from Imperial College London, where he also received his PhD in 2016 on the "Mechanism of interpersonal sensorimotor interaction" which examined how pairs, like during Tango dancing, coordinate their actions. He uncovered the mechanism that enables physically interacting partners to exchange certain information through haptics or touch.