Interactive Robots and Systems

Professor François Michaud 
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering 
Université de Sherbrooke

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Abstract: Mobile robotics is one of the best examples of systems engineering: it requires the integration of sensors, actuators, energy sources, embedded computing, decision algorithms in a common structure, working in the real world. Only technologies and methodologies that work with the constraints of such integration can be useful, and so integration directly influences scientific considerations associated with the intelligent behavior of such systems. It is therefore important to address such challenges by developing innovative solutions and validating them in real world field experiences. This presentation addresses an overview of interactive robots and systems developed at IntRoLab, Université de Sherbrooke, ranging from compliant actuators, direct physical interfaces, artificial audition, augmented reality telepresence interfaces, vision-based SLAM, natural human-robot interaction, telerehabilitation and telehealth applications.  

François Michaud is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke. He is the Director of IntRoLab, a research laboratory on mobile robotics and intelligent systems working on mechatronics and developing AI methodologies for the design of intelligent autonomous systems that can assist humans in everyday uses. His research interests are architectural methodologies for intelligent decision-making, autonomous mobile robots, social robotics, robot learning and intelligent systems. He held the Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Mobile Robots and Intelligent Systems from 2001 to 2011. He is also the Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT), an interdisciplinary research center working on important application ranging from design to exploitation of information technology (integrating devices, telecommunications, and processing towards applications). In addition, he was involved in a major engineering educational reform based on problem-based and project-based learning, mainly by developing a mobile robotic platform for introducing EECE and design to freshmen students, a robotic module and senior design project activities. He received his bachelor’s degree (1992), Master’s degree (1993) and Ph.D. degree (1996) in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Interaction Lab (Brandeis University, USA), before going back to Sherbrooke.

March 20, 2013

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