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Colloquium - Yim

Modular Robotics and the Practice Integrated Curriculum
University of Pennsylvania

Modular reconfigurable robots are built from many simple modules (similar to Lego bricks, or cells in mammals). They can "morph" to meet the demands of changing tasks and environments. These systems are rich in interesting problems including: distributed computation and control, modular design, reconfiguration planning, motion planning, and others.

I'll also talk about a new project-based and experimental engineering curriculum at UPenn. Laboratory classes provide a steady progression of skills and independence, from freshman through junior year. Lecture material is formulated to support the laboratory activities, in contrast to the traditional approach where laboratory exercises are decoupled from or tangential to the lectures.

Mark Yim is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and MEAM Undergraduate Curriculum Chair. Prior to this, he was Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC) where he established a group developing modular self-reconfigurable robots. His group has demonstrated modular robots that can form different shapes, jump, ride tricycles, climb stairs, poles and fences, manipulate objects and reassemble themselves after being kicked into pieces. His other research interests include biologically inspired mechanisms, flying robots and meso-scale MEMs devices.

Honors include the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2009, UPenn's highest teaching honor; induction as a World Technology Network Fellow; IEEE Robotics and Automation Distinguished Lecturer; and induction to MIT's Technology Review TR100 in 1999. He has over 40 patents issued (perhaps most prominent are ones related to the Sony PS2 and Microsoft Xbox joypad vibration control which resulted in US$100,000,000 in litigation and settlements) and over 60 publications.

Hosted by Nikolaus Correll.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)