Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision

Robots in Human Environments and Haptic Interaction

Oussama Khatib
Robotics Laboratory
Department of Computer Science
Stanford University

Monday, Oct 23, 2000, 4:15PM
TCseq200, Lecture Hall A


A new field of robotics is emerging. Robots are today moving towards applications beyond the structured environment of a manufacturing plant. They are making their way into the everyday world that people inhabit -- hospitals, offices, homes, construction, and other cluttered and uncontrolled environments. The successful introduction of robotics into human environments will rely on the development of competent and practical systems that are dependable, safe, and easy to use. The discussion focuses on models, strategies, and algorithms associated with a number of autonomous capabilities that are essential for robot operations in human environments. The second part of the presentation concerns haptic interaction and its augmentation with accurate dynamic simulations of contact and impact forces. The focus is on methodologies and algorithms that address the computational challenges associated with the real-time requirements for haptic interaction with dynamic simulations of complex virtual environments.

About the Speaker

Oussama Khatib is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His work is on autonomous robots, human-centered robotics, robot design, virtual dynamic environments, and haptic interactions. The emphasis of his research is on methodologies and technologies that address the intricate dynamic nature of these systems, provide the capabilities needed for their action and interaction with the environment, and cope with their real-time requirements. This research spans a variety of topics ranging from the autonomous ability of a robot to cooperate with a human to the haptic interaction of a user with a virtual prototype, an animated character, or a surgical instrument.
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