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All Robotics Engineering colloquia are from 12 PM until 1 PM on Fridays throughout the academic year, unless otherwise stated. This year, all colloquia will be virtual. 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 2020-2021 academic year are Professors Jie Fu, 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 2020
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

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

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