Seminar of Prof. Bruno Siciliano

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Prof. Bruno Siciliano from University of Naples Federico II will give a talk on Jan. 11th at 11:00 in Salle Minquiers.

Robotic Dynamic Manipulation

The state of the art of robotic manipulation is still rather far from the human dexterity in the execution of complex motions such as, for example, in dynamic manipulation tasks. Dynamic manipulation is considered as the most complex category of manipulation requiring ad-hoc controllers and specialized hardware. In case of non-prehensile manipulation or non-rigid objects, the task of dynamic manipulation becomes even more challenging. This reduces the opportunities for wide adoption of robots within human co-habited environments. The talk describes a method to manipulate rigid objects in a non-prehensile way with an underactuated robot manipulator, along with a method to track in real-time a 3D object undergoing large elastic deformations and fast rigid motions. The tasks are experimentally tested on a set-up of a pizza chef robot.

BIO: Bruno Siciliano is Professor of Control and Robotics, Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Advanced Robotics in Surgery (ICAROS) and Coordinator of the PRISMA Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Naples Federico II. His research interests include force and visual control, human-robot interaction, aerial and surgical robotics. He has co-authored 8 books, 80 journal papers, 250 conference papers and book chapters. He has delivered 150 invited lectures and seminars at institutions worldwide, and he has been the recipient of several awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME and IFAC. He has served on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals and has been chair of program and organizing committees of several international conferences. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, and of the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering & Technology. His group has been granted sixteen European projects in the last ten years, including an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, for a total funding of 10 M€. Professor Siciliano is the Past-President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.



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