TePRA 2011 Technical Program
   
 Monday, April 11, 2011
   
7:00 — 8:00 AM

Registration and Exhibits
Ballroom Foyer

Robot Competition Tutorial
Middlesex C&D

 

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Registration & Exhibits
Ballroom Foyer

Networking Breakfast / Welcome / Opening Plenary Session
Middlesex A&B

Rob Maline, Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise Director

Robot Development
Middlesex C&D

 
10:00 - 10:30 AM Monday Morning Coffee Break (Ballroom Foyer)
   
10:30 - 12:00 PM

Registration & Exhibits
Ballroom Foyer

Session A - 1A: Military and Security Robotics
Middlesex A

High Endurance, Micro Aerial Surveillance and Reconnaisance Robot
Jayant Ratti, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Distributed Multi-modal Sensor System for Searching a Foliage-covered Region
Matthew Fetterman, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

Session A - 1B: Consumer Robotics
Middlesex A

Essential Features of Telepresence Robots
Munjal Desai , University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

When Worlds Collide - Applying Art and Design to Robotics
Robert Antonuccio, Antonuccio Design, USA

Session T-1: Computation
Middlesex B

Invited Talk - Model Based Approaches for Robot Design and Implementation
Sam Mirsky, MathWorks

Robot design is an inherently multidisciplinary activity involving coordination between domains such as mechanical design, control design, signal processing, and embedded systems. Model Based Design (MBD) addresses this complexity by maintaining a single high-level specification of control and plant dynamics against which different subsystems are built and tested, and by guarantees of system behavior across simulation and deployment. This talk introduces MBD in the context of robotics and how it may be implemented using MATLAB and Simulink, physical modeling and embedded code generation.

Robotic Mapping Assisted by Local Magnetic Field Anomalies
Haiyang Zhang, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

Beta-Eigenspaces for Autonomous Mobile Robotic Trajectory Outlier Detection
Shyba Zaheer, Al Ghurair University, Dubai Academic City, U.A.E.

Comparison of Optimal Path Planning Algorithms for Autonomous Mobile Robot
Micho Radovnikovich, Oakland University, USA

Application of Optimal Trajectory Algorithms to a Solar Panel Handling Industrial Manipulator: A Case Study
Jayaraman Krishnasamy, Brooks Automation, USA

Robot Development
Middlesex C&D

   
12:00 - 1:00 PM Monday Lunch (Salon B)
   
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Registration & Exhibits
Ballroom Foyer

Plenary Session
Middlesex A&B

Mike Rufo, Boston Engineering Corporation - Advanced Systems Group Leader
Tom Ryden, North End Technologies, Founder and COO

Robot Development
Middlesex C&D

   
3:00 - 3:30 PM Monday Afternoon Coffee Break (Ballroom Foyer)
   
3:30 - 5:30 PM

Registration and Exhibits
Ballroom Foyer

Session A-2: Medical and Rehabilitation Robotics
Middlesex A

Design of a Power-assist Wheelchair for Persons with Hemiplegia
Allen H. Hoffman, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Increasing Accessibility to Medical Robotics Education
Caroline G.L. Cao, Tufts University, USA

A System for Sensory Motor Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb with Virtual Reality, Exoskeleton Robot, and Real Objects
Katherine G. August, Whitaker International Foundation Scholar, Institute of International Education, USA

Session T-2: Power and Communications
Middlesex B

Motor Sizing for Legged Robots Using Dynamic Task Specification
Avik De, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Improving Mobile Robot Control: Negative Feedback for Touch Interfaces
Michael W. Martin, United States Naval Academy, USA

Development of a Low Cost Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Antarctic Exploration
Arturo E. Cadena, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador

Dynamic Modeling and Energy Consumption Analysis of Crab Walking of a Six-legged Robot
Shibendu S. Roy, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India

Hand and Finger Registration for Multi-Touch Joysticks on Software-Based Operator Control Units
Mark Micire , University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

The Design of an Omnidirectional All-Terrain Rover Chassis
Tim Lexen, USA

Robot Development
Middlesex C&D


6:00 - 8:00 PM

Monday Evening Reception (Salon A)

Robot Competition: Judging and Awards
Middlesex C&D

   
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
   
8:00 - 10:00 AM

Registration & Exhibits
Ballroom Foyer

Plenary Session
Middlesex A&B

Gill Pratt, Program Manager, DARPA Defense Sciences Office
Colin Angle, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder of iRobot

   
10:00 - 10:30 AM Tuesday Morning Coffee Break (Ballroom Foyer)
   
10:30 - 12:30 PM

Registration & Exhibits
Ballroom Foyer

Session A-3: Actuation and Manipulation
Middlesex A

A Novel Under-actuated Grasping Mode and COSA-LS Humanoid Robotic Hand
Jie Sun, Tsinghua University, China

Practical Aerial Grasping of Unstructured Objects
Paul Pounds, Yale University, USA

Development and Application of a Gel Actuator for the Design of a Humanoid Robotic Finger
Danielle Castley, Drexel University, USA

Designing a Mobile Manipulator using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Christopher Korpela, Drexel University, USA

Control Layer for Multi-vendor Industrial Robot Interaction Providing Intergration of Supervisory Process Control and Multifunctional Control Units
Jens Lambrecht, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Session T-3: Navigation
Middlesex B

Diffuse Algorithm for Robotic Multi-source Localization
Kathleen McGill, Dartmouth College, USA

Global Localization using Multiple Hypothesis Tracking: A Real-world Approach
Matthias Lutz, University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Germany

Computationally Efficient Navigation System for Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Peyman Moghadam, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Construction of an Obstacle Map and its Real-Time Implementation on an Unmanned Ground Vehicle
Pranav Desai, University of Texas, USA

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for UAV Landings and UGV Navigation
Nathan Rackliffe, The MITRE Corporation, USA

Multi-sensor Semantic Mapping and Exploration of Indoor Environments
Islem Jebari, ENSTA ParisTech, France

Robot Demonstrations
Middlesex C&D

   
12:30 - 1:30 PM Tuesday Lunch (Salon B)
   
1:30 - 3:30 PM

Registration Closed

Session T-4: Sensing
Middlesex A&B

PixelLaser: Evaluating Monocular Range From Texture
Michael Leece, Harvey Mudd College, USA

A Biologically-inspired Robotic Vision System for Tracking Fast Moving Objects
L. Abril Torres-Meéndez, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Group, Cinvestav Saltillo, Mexico

An Intelligent Low-Cost Scanning Range Finder
Michael Ferguson, Vanadium Labs LLC, USA

Relevance Spectroscopy: Optimizing Interpretation Efficiency of Hyperspectral, Multispectral, and Other DataWhen Time, Bandwidth and/or Computing Power is Limited
Robert K. McConnell, WAY-2C Color Machine Vision, USA

Development of a Low Cost Inertial Measurement Unit for UAV Applications with Kalman Filter based Attitude Determination
Claudia Pérez-D'Arpino, Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela

Robot Demonstrations
Middlesex C&D

 

   
3:30 - 4:00 PM Tuesday Afternoon Coffee Break (Ballroom Foyer)
   
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Registration Closed