Robotics

Robotics, Sensors and Advanced Manufacturing Spring Symposium

Event Date: 
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Robotics, Sensors and Advanced Manufacturing
MnDRIVE Spring Symposium

Learn about the latest research in robotics, sensors and advanced manufacturing at our annual symposium.

University of Minnesota
Weisman Art Museum

• Brian Holloway, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Lab
• Sridhar Kota, Herrick Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
 Jeff Trinkle, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
• Liu Qiao, Technical Director, SEMS (Software, Electronics and Mechanical Systems) Laboratory, 3M

There is no charge for this event. Parking is available at the museum in the garage that is attached to the museum. For directions, visit the Weisman Museum.

SCHEDULE

8–8:30 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast

8:30–9 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Brian Herman, Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota
Steven Crouch, Dean, University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering
Mos Kaveh, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering

9–9:30 a.m. Plenary Talk “The Importance of Contact Models in Robotics”
Jeff Trinkle, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

9:30–10 a.m. MnDRIVE Faculty Part 1
Peter Marchetto, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Ce Yang, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Julianna Abel, Mechanical Engineering
Suhasa Kodadamaiah, Mechanical Engineering
Michael McAlpine, Mechanical Engineering

10–10:30 a.m. Coffee and Networking

10:30–11 a.m. MnDRIVE Faculty Part 2
Brad Holschuh, Design, Housing and Apparel
Maziar Hemati, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Andrew Lamperski, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sarah Swisher, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rahul Narain, Computer Science and Engineering
Junaed Sattar, Computer Science and Engineering

11–11:35 a.m. Plenary Talk: “Lockheed Martin Autonomy”
Brian Holloway, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Lab

11:35 a.m.–Noon MnDRIVE Projects
Volkan Isler, Cindy Tong, James Luby
David Mulla, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Dimitrios Zermas
Tim Kowalewski, James Van de Ven
Suma Jacob, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Jed Ellison
Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, Curt Olson, Guy Squillace
Stergios Roumeliotis

Noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session

1:30–2:05 p.m. Plenary Talk “3M Innovation—Building the Foundation for IoT”
Liu Qiao, Technical Director, SEMS (Software, Electronics and Mechanical Systems) Laboratory, 3M

2:05–2:15 p.m. MnDRIVE Scholars

2:15–2:50 p.m. Plenary Talk “Being FlexibleExploiting Elasticity in Engineering Design”
Sridhar Kota, Herrick Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan

2:50–3 p.m. Closing Remarks

3–4 p.m. Coffee and Networking

4 p.m. Reception at Campus Club Cafe Bar (Coffman Memorial Union, 4th floor)

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Brian Holloway, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Lab
Brian Holloway joined Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) as Chief Technology Officer in June 2015. As CTO, he oversees the ATL internal research budget, heads ATL technical strategy, and supports the scientific and technical efforts within ATL. Holloway joined Lockheed Martin from the London office of the United States Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG). As the ONRG Associate Director for Materials and Power and Energy, Holloway focused on creating new capabilities for the war fighter via international research engagement in the areas of functional materials, structural materials, and power and energy.

Sridhar Kota, Herrick Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan and Director of MForesight–Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight. Drawing lessons from designs in nature and combining the principles of kinematics and continuum mechanics, Kota and his students developed a new paradigm in engineering design that exploits the natural elasticity of materials. Kota authored over 200 technical papers, over 25 patents and is the recipient of the ASME Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, and the Outstanding Educator Award. He is the founder and President of FlexSys Inc.–an engineering firm that developed and flight-tested the world’s first modern commercial aircraft with shape-changing wings. Between 2009–12 Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, he played an instrumental role in initiating and launching President Obama’s National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, National Robotics Initiative, and National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium.

Liu Qiao, Technical Director, SEMS (Software, Electronics and Mechanical Systems) Laboratory, 3M
Liu started his industry career as an advanced automotive control system expert and progressed to technical operations manager in service, vehicle program manager, e-Business manager and research manager. Liu successfully led Toyota’s first Canadian hybrid vehicle program and its market introduction. Liu is also a founding member of Toyota Research Institute of North America, and drove establishment of Toyota’s technologies, engineering platforms and programs on Power Electronics, Active Safety Systems, Autonomous Driving, Drivetrain Management, Robotics, Intelligent Transportation System and Energy & Mobility Infrastructure, which impact millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles worldwide. As SEMS Technical Director, Liu’s efforts have focused on building technology platforms, infrastructure, and product pipelines to mechanize, electrify, and digitize advanced 3M materials to accelerate our business growth globally. Liu holds 12 US patents, has 49 publications and is also an active member/supporter of many academic and industrial professional associations.

Jeff Trinkle, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Trinkle is currently on leave from RPI at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the lead Program Director for the National Robotics Initiative. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, and Robotica. Trinkle spent the 2009–10 academic year as a Humboldt Fellow at the Institute for Mechatronics and Robotics at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen and the Institute for Applied Mechanics at Technical University of Munich in Garching. In 2010, Trinkle became a fellow of the IEEE for his research contributions to robotic grasping and dexterous manipulation. Variants of his methods for simulating multibody systems are key components of several physics engines for example, NVIDIA PhysX, the Bullet Physics Library, and ROS/Gazebo, which are used for engineering analysis and physics-based special effects in movies.

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