Colloquium Series



Robotics Engineering seminars are every Wednesday at noon throughout the academic year, unless otherwise stated. Check out the most up-to-date Colloquium Series schedule

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Spring 2024 Series

Next Talk:




Innovations in Surgery Using Soft & Continuum Robots

    Speaker: Tayfun Efe Ertop

    Research Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt University

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH520 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Wednesday, Mar 27th 2024

    🕰️Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Previous Talks:




Enhancing Robot Perception for Robust Autonomy in Unstructured Environments

    Speaker: Dr. Ekta Samani

    Postdoctoral Scientist at Amazon

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH520 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Friday, Jan 26th 2024

    🕰️Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Rui Liu

AI-Powered Robot Cognition Modeling for Trustworthy Humans-Robots Collaboration

    Speaker: Prof. Rui Liu

    Assistant Professor at Kent State University

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH520 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Wednesday, Jan 31st 2024

    🕰️Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Dexterity: The Crucial Motion Intelligence for Future Robots 

    Speaker: Xianyi Cheng

    Ph.D. Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH520 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Friday, Feb 02nd 2024

    🕰️Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Human-Aware Aerial Collaborative Transportation and Manipulation of Payloads using Micro Quadrotors 

    Speaker: Dr. Guanrui Li

    Postdoctoral Researcher at New York University

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH420 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Wednesday, Feb 07th 2024

    🕰️Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Dexterous Decision-Making for Real-World Robotic Manipulation

    Speaker: Rachel Holladay

    Ph.D. Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH500 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Wednesday, Feb 14th 2024

    🕰️Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Infeasibility Proofs in Robot Planning

    Speaker: Sihui Li

    Ph.D. Candidate at Colorado School of Mines

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH520 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Friday, Feb 16th 2024

    🕰️Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Robust Surgical Perception: Toward Autonomous Robotic Surgery

    Speaker: Dr. Shan Lin

    Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California San Diego

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH520 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Friday, Feb 23rd 2024

    🕰️Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Socially Assistive Robotics to Support Persons with Dementia in Conversational Engagement and Activities of Daily Living

    Speaker: Fengpei (Fiona) Yuan

    Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Tennessee

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: UH520 and Zoom

    📅 Date: Wednesday, Feb 28rd 2024

    🕰️Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Distributed Inference for Robotic Perception and Planning in Unstructured Environments

    Speaker: Jana Pavalsek

    Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan

     🗎 Abstract

    📌Location: Zoom

    📅 Date: Friday, Mar 01st 2024

    🕰️Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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Previous RBE Colloquiums

Fall 2022 Series
Spring 2022 Series


Spring 2022
Date Speaker Affiliation Presentation
01/21/2022 Dr. Heather Cu;bertson

University of Southern California

Using Data for Increased Realism with Haptic Devices and Modeling

01/28/2022 Dr. Nitin Sanket

University of Maryland

Action-Perception Synergy: Bio-Inspired AI For Small Autonomous Robots


Dr. Derya Aksaray

University of Minnesota

Reinforcement Learning for Dynamical Systems with Temporal Logic Specifications


Dr. Andre Rosendo

Shanghai Tech University

Estimating Strain Orientation on Soft Robots

WIN 'Bridging the Gaps' Colloquium Series


Mary Hayhoe

University of Texas Austin

Visually Guided Action Decisions in Human Natural Behavior


Dr. Isuru Godage

DePaul University

Continuum robots: recent advances and future directions toward better human-robot collaboration


Dr. Yayun Du

University of California, Los Angeles

Adaptive Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems: Design, Perception, & Control

WIN 'Bridging the Gaps' Colloquium Series


Dr. He (Helen) Huang

North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Restoring Motor Function of Individuals with Limb Loss via Bionic Prostheses


Dr. Enrico Mingo Hoffman

 PAL Robotics

Model-Based Optimization for Whole-Body Motion Planning & Control


Dr. Matteo Laffranchi

Rehab Technologies Lab

User-centred development of healthcare wearable robotics

WIN 'Bridging the Gaps' Colloquium Series


Dr. Holly Yanco

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Designing Robots for Humans


Dr. Cristian A. Linte

Rochester Institute of Technology

Biomedical Image Computing, Modeling and Visualization Tools for Computer-integrated Diagnosis and Therapy

Fall 2021 Series
James Nichols Heald Research Award
Spring 2021
Date Speaker Affiliation Presentation
Jan. 29, 2021 Dr. Haichong (Kai) Zhang, Dr. Yihao Zheng, and Dr. Gregory Fischer WPI Robotics and COVID-19
Feb. 5, 2021 Dr. Rui Liu Kent State University, Ohio AI-Powered Cognition Modeling for Failure-Resilient Human-Robot Collaboration
Feb. 12, 2021 Dr. Dan Sameoto University of Alberta From Soft Robotics to Morphing Matter: Applications for Advanced Multi-material 3D Printing

FORW-RD Thinking Seminar Series

Feb. 19, 2021

Dr. Arash Ajoudani Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) Anticipatory Control of Human-Robot Interation: Towards Enabling Flexible and Agile Work Practices

FORW-RD Thinking Seminar Series

Mar. 5, 2021

Dr. Kris Dorsey Picker Engineering Program, Smith College Challenges and Opportunities in Designing Tunable, Soft Mechanical Sensors

WPI IEEE RAS Student Chapter presents

Mar. 12, 2021

Gokul Narayanan Sathya Narayanan WPI Alumni Need for the Adoption of Industry 4.0 Technologies in the Age of Pandemic
Mar. 26, 2021 Dr. Ryosuke Tsumura WPI Be Free from Limitations with Robotics Technology

WPI IEEE RAS Student Chapter presents

Apr. 2, 2021

Dr. Adnan Munawar John Hopkins University A Framework for Surgical Robot Simulation
Fall 2020 Series
Fall 2020
Date Speaker Affiliation Presentation
Sept. 4, 2020 Dr. Yihao Zheng Mechanical Engineering, WPI

Biomedical Manufacturing Innovation and Robotic Implementation

Sept. 11, 2020 Dr. Markus Nemitz Robotics Engineering, WPI Robotic Materials: Merging the Worlds of Hard and Soft Robotics
Sept. 18, 2020 Dr. Dimitrios Kanoulas Computer Science, University College London

Towards Limbed Robot AI through Perception & Learning

Sept. 25, 2020 Mr. Roy Kornbluh Robotics Laboratory, SRI International

Active Materials for Robotics: What High Voltage Can Do for You

Oct. 2, 2020

The FORW-RD Thinking Seminar Series Presents:

Dr. Karina Liles

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Claflin University

Ms. An (Meeting Students’ Academic Needs): A Socially Adaptive Robot Tutor for Student Engagement in Math Education

Oct. 9, 2020 Dr. Alessandra Sciutti Cognitive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies (CONTACT) Unit, Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia  Cognitive Robotics for Human-Robot Interaction
Oct. 16, 2020 Robotics Engineering Graduate Students Research presentations RBE PhD Students: Yinan Sun & Alex J. Chiluisa
Oct. 23, 2020 Dr. Tichakom (Nok) Wongpiromsarn Computer Science, Iowa State University

Formal Methods for Control Synthesis of Autonomous Systems


Oct. 30, 2020 Dr. Heiko Hamann University of Lubeck, Germany

Minimize Surprise in Robots: An Innate Motivation for Collective Behavior

Nov. 6, 2020 Dr. Vito Trianni Italian National Research Council

Drone swarms for precision agriculture

Nov. 13, 2020 Dr. Angela Faragasso University of Tokyo, Japan

Reproducibility and benchmarking in Robotics and Healthcare

Nov. 20, 2020 Dr. Cyrills Stachniss University of Bonn

With Agricultural Robots Towards Sustainable Crop Production

Dec. 4, 2020 Dr. Dylan Shell Texas A&M University

Robot illusions, fakery, and multi-experiments

Dec. 11, 2020 Dr. Dave Seltz RTI  


Spring 2020 Series
Spring 2020
Date Speaker Affiliation Presentation

Jan. 17, 2020

Dr. Megan Chrobak Boston Scientific The Boston Scientific Approach to Competing with Robotics
Jan. 24, 2020 Dr. Markus P. Nemitz Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitesides Research Group at Harvard University From Silicon to Silicone: Merging the Worlds of Hard and Soft Robotics
Jan. 31, 2020 Dr. Xiangrui Zeng Robotics Engineering, WPI Data-Enhanced Automotive Intelligent Control and Active Route Planning
Feb. 7, 2020 Lifeng Zhou Virginia Tech Resilient and Risk-Aware Multi-Robot Coordination
Feb. 10, 2020 Dr. Paul Reverdy Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona Decision Making in Physical Contexts: From Human Supervisors to Autonomous Robots
Feb. 14, 2020 Dr. Marko B. Popovic Physics, Biomedical, and Robotics Engineering, WPI Wearable, Bioinspired Robots, and Universal Manipulation
Feb. 21, 2020 Mr. Kevin Harrington Robotics Engineering, WPI BowlerStudio: A Robotics Integrated Development Environment
Feb. 28, 2020 Dr. Loris Fichera Robotics Engineering, WPI Combining robotics and machine intelligence to enable advanced treatment modalities in the head and neck
Mar. 6, 2020 Dr. Akin Tatoglu Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford

Probabilistic Methodologies for Autonomous Mobile Robot Localization and Agile Motion Control

Fall 2019 Series
Fall 2019
Date Speaker Affiliation Presentation

Aug. 30, 2019

RBE Graduate Students

Robotics Engineering, WPI

What did I do this summer?

Sept. 6, 2019

Dr. Greg Lewin

Robotics Engineering, WPI

Spoofing a positioning feedback system and other cruel tricks to play on students

Sept. 13, 2019

Joyce Sidopoulos


Sensor Fusion Challenge Info Session

Sept. 20, 2019

Dr. Robert Platt

Computer Science, Northeastern University

Deictic action representations for robotic manipulation

Sept. 27, 2019

Dr. Ryosuke Tsumura

Robotics Engineering, WPI 

A Role of Robotics Technology in Medical Applications

Oct. 4, 2019

Dr. Roberto Tron

Mechanical Engineering Department, Boston University

Intelligent, Safe, and Dynamic Multiagent Systems

Nov. 1, 2019

Dr. Val Schmidt

Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, UNH

Autonomous Vehicles for Ocean Mapping - A Decade of Experience

Nov. 8, 2019

Dr. Lawson Wong

Khoury College of Computer Science, Northeastern University

Abstraction in robotics

Nov. 15, 2019

Dr. Pierre E. Dupont

Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Building Medical Robots and Devices inside a Hospital

Nov. 22, 2019

Dr. Emel Demircan

California State University, Long Beach

Human Movement Understanding for Intelligent Robots and Systems

Dec. 6, 2019

Dr. Daniel Flickinger

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Unique Challenges in VTOL Autonomy

Dec. 13, 2019

Jie Fang

Mechanical Engineering, WPI

Interactive Route-Planning and Mobile Sensing with a Team of Multiple Robotic Vehicles in an Unknown Environment