Thanks to everyone for making MRWR 2017 a success! We had over 140 active participants, 42 posters, 17 talks, and 2 excellent keynotes. Here are some pictures from the workshop. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year!
The robotics field is experiencing tremendous growth as a result of algorithmic and technological advances, the availability of common, low-cost sensors and platforms, and a standardization in open-source development. These factors together with the growing community of talented, highly-trained roboticists combine to render feasible real-world applications in our homes and workplaces, and on our streets.
The Midwest Robotics Workshop (MWRW) is intended to bring together roboticists from academia and industry in and around the Midwestern United States. Building on last year's workshop, it is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share their work with others and to network, with the goal of creating a more cohesive and vibrant robotics community in the Midwest. The workshop will feature invited talks by leading researchers, and an exciting collection of oral presentations and interactive poster sessions.
There is no cost to attend the workshop. Additionally, we we are offering a limited number of student lodging grants for the night of May 18 in order to encourage participation from outside the Chicagoland area.
If you have any questions, please contact the organizers.
We invite all roboticists from the Midwest (broadly interpreted) to participate in the second annual Midwest Robotics Workshop to be held at TTI-Chicago on the University of Chicago campus (map) on May 18–19, 2017.
We encourage participants to use the workshop as an opportunity to present recent research either as a talk or during an interactive poster session. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a title and abstract summarizing your work. Since the workshop does not have published proceedings, abstracts that describe work that was previously published or is still in progress are welcome.
Jessy W. Grizzle received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and in 1984 held an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science in Paris, France at the CNRS. Since September 1987, he has been with The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he the Jerry and Carol Levin Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan and is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests have often focused on theoretical aspects of nonlinear systems and control, including geometric methods for continuous- and discrete-time systems, and observer design in discrete time. He has been a consultant in the automotive industry since 1986, where he jointly holds sixteen patents dealing with emissions reduction through improved controller design. His current interest in bipedal locomotion grew out of a sabbatical in Strasbourg, France. Prof. Grizzle was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1997. His awards include: with K.L. Dobbins and J.A. Cook (Ford Motor Company), 1992 Paper of the Year Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society; with G. Abba (Univ. of Metz, France) and F. Plestan (Ecole Centrale, Nantes, France), the 2002 Axelby Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society; and with J. Sun (Univ. of Michigan) and J. Cook (Ford), the 2003 IEEE Control Systems Society Technology Award. He has served as Associate Editor for the Transactions on Automatic Control and Systems – Control Letters, Publications Chairman for the 1989 CDC, on the Control Systems Society's Board of Governors in 1997-1999, Associate Editor for Automatica 2002-2005, AACC Award Committee (2003-2005), and is currently a Senior Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.
John J. Leonard is Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Associate Department Head for Research in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research addresses the problems of navigation and mapping for autonomous mobile robots. He holds the degrees of B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering and Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and D.Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (1994). Prof. Leonard joined the MIT faculty in 1996, after five years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Scientist in the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Laboratory. He was team leader for MIT's DARPA Urban Challenge team, which was one of eleven teams to qualify for the Urban Challenge final event and one of six teams to complete the race. He served as Co-Director of the Ford-MIT Alliance from 2009 to 2013. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award (1998) and the King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award (2006). He is an IEEE Fellow (2014).
|April 18, 2017||Student Lodging Grant Application Deadline|
|May 1, 2017||Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline||May 18–19, 2017||Workshop|
The workshop is starting at 10:00am on Thursday to allow time for people to commute to Chicago in the morning. It will end with lunch on Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. The program will include invited and contributed talks, as well as poster sessions.
The following times are subject to change.
|11:00am–12:00pm||Plenary Talk (Chair: Matthew Walter)|
|Improving Road Safety Through Autonomy: Challenges and Opportunities,|
|01:00pm–03:00pm||Invited/Contributed Talks (Chair: Seth Hutchinson & Hyongju Park)|
|A Manipulation Planning Toolbox for Cognitive Robotic Agents,|
|Interesting Trajectories of Mobile Robots in Polygons,|
|Sampling-based Incremental Information Gathering with Applications to Robotic Exploration and Environmental Monitoring,|
|Differential Game Approach for Planning under Adversarial Uncertainties,|
|Nonholonomic Virtual Constraints and Gait Optimization for Robust Walking Control,|
|Invited Talk: 3D Dynamic Planning and Coverage Control for Power-Constrained UAV Networks,|
|03:00pm–04:20pm||Poster Session I and Break|
|04:20pm–06:00pm||Invited/Contributed Talks (Chair: Matthew Johnson-Roberson)|
|Bandit-Based Model Selection for Deformable Object Manipulation,|
|Fast Discovery of Influential Outcomes for Risk-Aware MPDM,|
|Jointly Optimizing Placement and Inference for Beacon-based Localization,|
|One-Shot Gesture Learning,|
|A Learning Approach for Real-Time Temporal Scene Flow Estimation from LIDAR Data,|
|08:30am–10:00am||Breakfast (provided) and Poster Session II|
|10:00am–11:00am||Plenary Talk (Chair: Ram Vasudevan)|
|Agile and Dynamic Bipedal Locomotion: Taking on the Wave Field,|
|11:00am–01:00pm||Invited/Contributed Talks (Chair: Edwin Olson)|
|Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing NNMI,|
|The Question of Control for Interactions with Assistive Robots,|
|Optimizing Individual Performance with Powered Ankle Prostheses,|
|Microrobots to Micro Aerial Vehicles: Robots Interacting with the Environment,|
|Hybrid Continuum-Rigid Robotic Catheters for Minimally Invasive Applications,|
|The Hidden Mechanics of Human Locomotion: Implications in Legged Robotics,|
There are two hotels nearby TTI-Chicago that provide shuttle service throughout the University of Chicago campus: The Hyatt Place Chicago-South and the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Chicago Lake Shore. There are also several reasonable options in downtown Chicago, such as Hotel Felix.
We will provide a limited number of grants for student lodging at a nearby hotel for the night of May 18. Please see the Registration section for information on how to apply.
Parking: A limited number of parking passes are available for TTIC's parking lot. Please contact the organizers to reserve one. Park in the building's parking lot and get your parking pass from the security guard in the lobby. There is also free parking in the commuter parking lot at 60th St. and Stony Island Ave. and free street parking on many streets near TTIC (just beware of "permit parking" and "street cleaning" signs!). Parking can be found on 61st Street (between Woodlawn Ave and Blackstone Ave), on Dorchester Street (between 60th and 61st Streets).
Please register for the workshop here. There is no cost to register.
We are awarding a limited number of lodging grants for students from outside the Chicagoland area who would like to attend. The grants will provide a one-night stay at a nearby hotel on May 18. Please fill out this form if you would like to apply.