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Faculty Candidate Talk

Intuitive Robot Shared-Control Interfaces via Real-time Motion Planning and Optimization


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Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 10:30am - 12:00pm


Speaker: Danny Rakita

Location : Via Zoom

Event Type: Faculty Candidate Talk

Abstract: My research focuses on making robots intuitive to control and work alongside for as many people as possible, specifically in areas where people are understaffed or overworked such as nursing, homecare, and manufacturing. In this talk, I will overview numerous robot shared-control interfaces I have developed to be intuitive and easy-to-use, even for novice users, by blending users’ inputs with robot autonomy on-the-fly. I will highlight novel motion planning and motion optimization methods that enable these interfaces by quickly synthesizing smooth, feasible, and safe motions that effectively reflect objectives specified by the user and robot autonomy signals in real-time. I will comment on my ongoing and future work that will push the potential of these technical methods and physical robot systems, all striving towards broad and motivating applications such as remote homecare, tele-nursing, and assistive technologies.


Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences

Contact  Host: Kostas Bekris

Current Job: PhD student at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Area: HRI, human-robot shared control


Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1Y-cnCUAAAAJ&hl=en