2008 Poster Sessions : Research on Humanoid Robots

Student Name : Luis Sentis and Francois Conti
Advisor : Oussama Khatib
Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence
Abstract
Our research is focused on the exploration of new frontiers of robot applications such as biped locomotion and dexterous manipulation. As part of this research we have developed advanced realtime dynamic simulations of humanoid robot that we control interactively to operate in complex environments. We are currently implementing these control algorithms in the humanoid robot Asimo from Honda Motor Co. We will show a collection of movies of our recent case studies of humanoid locomotion and interactive manipulation.

Bio
Dr. Luis Sentis is a postdoctoral fellow in the computer science department at Stanford University. He completed his Ph.D. in 2007 and his M.S. in 2000 also from Stanford. His research interests concern the development of control methods for humanoid robots and the development of advanced dynamic simulators for interactive worlds.

François Conti received in 1999 his MS in Electrical Engineering from The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Lausanne. From 1999-2000, he worked as a research assistant where he participated into the development of a high-end force feedback device and simulator used for training laparoscopic surgical tasks. In 2000, François co-founded Force Dimension, a company that today develops and manufactures high precision force-feedback interfaces for research, medical and industrial applications. In 2001, François joined the Stanford AI Lab in the Department of Computer Science where he is currently pursuing his PhD in the field of haptic interface design and simulation.