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All Robotics Engineering colloquia are from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Fridays throughout the academic year, unless otherwise stated. Potential and actual colloquium speakers should speak to the RBE Colloquium Committee for answers to typical questions about their visit. The Colloquium Coordinators for the 2021-2022 academic year are Professors Zhi (Jane) Li, Carlo Pinciroli, and Loris Fichera.

The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. Please check this page for the most up-to-date schedule.

Fall 2021
Date Speaker Affiliation Presentation
Sept. 3, 2021 Dr. Siavash Farzan Robotics Engineering, WPI Underactuated Brachiating Robots Traversing Flexible Cables: From Concept to Reality
Sept. 10, 2021 Dr. Shan Lin University of California, San Diego Exploring Robust Real-time Instrument Segmentation for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Sept. 17, 2021 Dr. Andreagiovanni Reina IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium Collective Decision Making: From Bees to Robots via Multiscale Modelling
Sept. 24, 2021 Dr. Joshua Schultz University of Tulsa Run into it on purpose: How underactuation and compliance help robots make sense of an uncertain world

A FORW-RD Thinking Seminar:

October 1, 2021 

Dr. Axel Krieger John Hopkins University Smart and Autonomous Robots for Surgery
October 8, 2021

Nicholas Pacheco


Beyond Constant Curvature: A New Mechanics Model for Unidirectional Notched-Tube Continuum Wrists

  Nathaniel Goldfarb RBE WPI

Open-Source Dynamic Server and Modular Controller Package

  Farid Tavakkolmoghaddam RBE WPI

NeuroPlan: A Surgical Planning Toolkit for an MRI-Compatible Stereotactic Neurosurgery Robot

Nov. 19, 2021 Dr. Luca Carlone Massachusetts Institute of Technology  


Previous RBE Colloquiums

  • Spring 2021 Series
    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