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RBE Colloquium Series: Dr. Godage | Continuum robots: recent advances and future directions toward better human-robot collaboration

Friday, March 04, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Robotics Engineering Colloquium Series

Dr. Isuru Godage

DePaul University

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


Friday, March 4, 2022

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Gateway Park, 60 Prescott St. | Room 1002


Abstract: Robots increasingly impact our daily lives, and their full potential to meet societal needs remains unrealized. Recent advances in bioinspired continuum robotics have paved the way to an impressive array of prototypes with superior dexterity, manipulability, and locomobility. Unlike traditional rigid-bodied robots, continuum robots can leverage their inherent compliance and smooth deformation for greater agility, robustness, and adaptability in various human-robot collaboration applications. This talk will focus on two types of continuum robots. Firstly, I will detail the modular approach to creating complex continuum robots and how different robot topologies can overcome locomotion challenges in unstructured terrains to facilitate effective human-robot teams in applications such as search and rescue operations. Then, I will discuss how real-time MRI-guided steerable needles can enable safe, minimally invasive surgical interventions. In this talk, I will discuss the fundamental research breakthroughs related to robot design, modeling, motion planning, control, and decentralized coordination frameworks toward better human-robot collaboration.

Bio: Isuru Godage is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing, DePaul University, Chicago, and directs the Robotics and Medical Engineering (RoME) lab. Prior to joining DePaul, he held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Clemson and Vanderbilt Universities. His research interests include soft robotic manipulation and locomotion, surgical robotics, reconfigurable robotics, and secure human-robot interactions. Dr. Godage’s group works on novel robot designs, efficient modeling methods, motion planning algorithms, and advanced MRI-guidance techniques for developing cyber-physical systems to facilitate human-friendly cooperation, robust locomotion, safe minimally invasive surgical interventions, and secure communication frameworks for human-robot collaborations.