Robotics Today   -   A Series of Technical Talks
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"Robotics Today - A series of technical talks" is a virtual robotics seminar series. The goal of the series is to bring the robotics community together during these challenging times. The seminars are scheduled on Fridays at 3PM EDT (12AM PDT) and are open to the public. The format of the seminar consists of a technical talk live captioned and streamed via Web and Twitter (@RoboticsSeminar), followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and a panel of faculty, postdocs, and students that will moderate audience questions.

Stay up to date with upcoming seminars with the Robotics Today Google Calendar (or download the .ics file) and view past seminars on the Robotics Today Youtube Channel. And follow us on Twitter!

Upcoming Seminars

Seminars will be broadcast at 3PM EDT (12PM PDT) here.

Upcoming IFRR Colloquia

The International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) is hosting a bi-weekly colloquia to "provide a platform for open discussion and interaction on diverse themes in robotics". For more information the colloquia and to see the past colloquia, please visit here. Below is the information on the upcoming colloquia!

Robotics and Neuroscience Panel

Date and time: Dec 3, 2020, Time 7am PST / 4pm CET
Live Stream: Zoom Webinar
Live questions and discussion: Slido
Moderator: Auke Ijspeert
Panel: Allan Berthoz, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Scott Delp

Abstract: Robotics and Neuroscience are two fascinating fields of research that can strongly benefit from each other. They both address fundamental research questions, namely how can an agent perceive and move in complex environments, and how it can plan, learn, and improve performance over time. Robotics can clearly benefit from progress in neuroscience, with inspiration for perception algorithms, control architectures, and learning methods. Neuroscience can in return benefit from robotics with the use of robots or neuromechanical simulations to test hypotheses about the organization and function of neural circuits. In particular, robotics offers the opportunity to perform what-if scenarios that would be difficult or impossible to do with animal experiments. By taking a synthetic approach ---understanding by building--- robotics allows one to test models of neural circuits in closed-loop with physical (or simulated) models of the body. This physical embodiment is crucial since it can be used to investigate how physical interactions between the body and the environment affect perception, movements, and learning in animals and humans. Importantly, robotics (the science of integration) allows one to investigate the dynamics that emerges from the interactions of multiple components: neural circuits in the central and peripheral nervous systems that interact with the body and the environment. It also allows selectively to activate or inactivate sub-components, which might not always be feasible or ethically allowed on animals or humans.

Past Seminars

Videos of the recorded seminars will be posted about a week after the talk.