Samsung Seminar Series 2

McGill, FDA 3, Frank Dawson Adams Building, 3450 University Street, Montreal

Open to the public

As part of the Samsung Seminar Series, hosted in partnership with the NCRN, Dr. Francois Hogan presented his research at McGill University, February 20th, 2020. 


We, as humans, have a remarkable ability to react to unexpected events in day-to-day manipulation tasks. This is in stark contrast to robotic systems that predominantly operate in an open-loop fashion and lack our reactive capabilities. In this talk, I will discuss my work on closing the loop in robotic manipulation, moving towards robots that can better perceive their environment and react to unforeseen situations. I will begin the talk by introducing team MIT-Princeton's award-winning pick-and-place robotic system at the Amazon Robotics Challenge and discuss the limitations associated with its open-loop design. I will then motivate the necessity of reactivity to improve the robustness of robotic manipulation systems as well as long term planning to push the boundaries of dexterous robotic skills. Finally, I will describe recent efforts on developing a framework for tactile dexterity, which leverages tactile feedback for dexterous manipulation using a dual-arm manipulation robotic system.