Simon Fraser University
Towards Autonomous Robotic Manipulation: A Case Study

Prof. Pedro J Sanz
Friday, March 27, 2009 at 2:30PM
ASB 9705 Seminar Room

In the present talk, the robotic intelligence laboratory of the University Jaume-I in Spain, will be introduced, showing current research lines related with grasping and manipulation topics. Moreover, activities promoted within the European Research Network (EURON) concerning these topics will be presented next. After that, European Projects in which our Lab is active will be shortly reviewed, ending the talk discussing critical aspects concerning the autonomous manipulation capabilities implemented in the current UJI service robot.

Pedro J. Sanz is Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Spain). He holds a B.Sc. in Physics by the University of Valencia (1985, Spain), M.Sc in Engineering (CAD/CAM) from the Technical University of Valencia (1989, Spain) and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering by the Jaume I University of Castellón (1996, Spain). He has been active since 1990 in R&D within several European and National research projects on Advanced Robotics (e.g. FP6-GUARDIANS, FP7-GRASP). He is author of a broad range of research publications, and member of several well-known scientific societies (e.g. IEEE, IAPR, ECCAI, etc.). He is working presently as Associate Editor within IEEE Tr. on SMC (C), since 2005 and IEEE RAM, since 2008, and as Program Committee member of several international outstanding conferences on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. His current research interests are Multisensory based dexterous Manipulation, Assistive Robotics, Telerobotics and Human-Robot Interaction.