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MME Research Seminars


Speaker: Prof. Daniele Pucci 

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Theme: Controls and Robotics


Time: 2022-May-19, Thursday, 10:00-11:00 am EST
Zoom Meeting ID: 789 699 0683 (link) Passcode: MME2022


Summary: Humanity is now at the edge of a new era where the side effects of our innovation processes emerge undoubtedly. Global warming, climate change, but also longer and thus more productive life expectancy call for the conception of new tools that will assist humans in the near future. In this context, Humanoid Robotics may offer unprecedented opportunities that arise from the specific needs of anthropomorphic environments. Humanoid robot control, however, remains an active field of research that still struggles with endowing humanoid robots with robust control performances. This talk presents control architectures for humanoid robots that enable them to locomote and interact with surrounding human beings. In particular, the talk covers the control architectures that enable the humanoid robot iCub for: Telexistence, namely the possibility for humans to act in remote environments via humanoid robots that play the role of avatars; physical Human-Robot Collaboration, which allows the humanoid robot to physically interact and collaborate with human beings; Aerial Humanoid Robotics, a new frontier of robotics to enable flying humanoid robots. The talk also covers a perspective of how humanoid robots should evolve to overcome some of the existing barriers for their large-scale adoption in the current society.

Daniele Pucci received the bachelor and master degrees in Control Engineering with highest honors from “Sapienza”, University of Rome, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In 2009, he also received the “Academic Excellence Award” from Sapienza. In 2013, he earned the PhD title in Flight Dynamic and Control with a thesis at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France. From 2013 to 2017, he has been a postdoc at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) working within the EU project CoDyCo. Since August 2017, Daniele is the head of the Dynamic Interaction Control (DIC) lab. Among other research activities, Daniele and his DIC Lab are pioneering Aerial Humanoid Robotics, a new branch of Robotics envisioning jet-powered flying humanoid robots. For this research, in December 2019 Daniele was awarded as Pioneer of the Year Under 35 Europe from the MIT Technology Review magazine. Daniele is also the principal investigator of the H2020 EU project AnDy, task leader of the H2020 EU SOFTMANBOT project, and the coordinator of the joint lab between Honda Japan and IIT. He's also coordinating the 5 M€ ergoCub joint project between INAIL and IIT aiming at developing new wearable technologies and humanoid robots to support humans in different fields. Since 2020, Daniele is also a visiting lecturer at University of Manchester in the department of Machine Learning and Optimisation of Computer Science. Finally, in 2020 Daniele was selected as an Italian representative in the task force on the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) announced on the 2018 G7. Since September 2020, he’s Principal Investigator of the newborn Artificial and Mechanical Intelligence Research line at IIT.


PhD Seminars

PhD Comprehensive Examination

( Attendance is at the discretion of the supervisor and student who hold the exam)

David Michael Bruce Dombroski - Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Online

Title: Development of Novel Joining Techniques for Additive Manufactured Components

Supervisors: John  Wen / Marco Alfano

PhD Defense

(Attendance is at the discretion of the supervisor and student who hold the defense)

M. Jaamjeed Rahmaan - Friday, May 13, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Online

Title: Constitutive and Fracture Characterization of High Strength Aluminum Alloys at Low and Elevated Strain Rates

Supervisors: Mike Worswick / Cliff Butcher

Yitian Xing - Tuesday, August 2, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Online

Title: Development of the Multi-Hour ahead Wind Power Forecasting System

Supervisors: Fue-sang Lien / William Melek

MASc seminar

Jessica Zhang - Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 10:00AM, E5 3052

Title: Quasi-static, cyclic, and fracture characteristics of thermal sprayed AlSi cylinder bore

Supervisor:  Hamid Jahed Motlagh

Sola Weng, Friday, April 8, 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Abstract title: Recovering Optimal Cost Functions for Natural Walking: From Musculoskeletal Simulation to Exoskeleton Control

Supervisor:  Professor Arash Arami


Yixiang Zhang - 2021-11-24 from 3pm to 4 pm. Online

Title:Stochastic Reconstruction and Morphological Studies of Catalyst Layers of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.

Supervisor:  Xiango Li  

Mattew Cann - 1:00 pm on December 16th (Thursday)

Title:  A Data-Driven Approach for Generating Vortex Shedding Regime Maps for an Oscillating Cylinder

Supervisors: Fue-Sang Lien, William Melek


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