Human-centered robots may comprise highly mobile and articulated robots such as humanoids, strength augmentation and guidance exoskeletons, and robot teams that can perform tasks alongside humans. In this talk, I will first discuss research regarding trajectory generation and tracking for highly dimensional robots such as humanoids which need to coordinate legged locomotion and manipulation tasks. I will then move on to describe strength augmentation tasks in lower body exoskeletons and how can they leverage whole-body controllers to perform them. In the last part of the talk, I will describe new areas of research regarding teams of legged and wheeled robots to perform area coverage and search tasks in coordination with human teammates.
About the Speaker
Luis Sentis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. In Austin, he leads the Human-Centered Robotics Laboratory, a laboratory focusing on control and experimentation with walking robots and exoskeletons, design of high-performance ground robots, and algorithms for active sensing in human environments. He is also a co-founder of the company Apptronik which designs human-centered robots and logistic manipulators.