CIS Homeline


CIS Home divider Penn Engineering divider PENN   spacer  

 Special Events Page  

                                    Franklin Institute Symposium

RoboFest: A Celebration of Robotics at the GRASP Laboratory:

A Symposium and Open House honoring Ruzena Bajcsy  

GRASP Lab founder and Recipient of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in

Computer and Cognitive Science.

Sponsors: The GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania and The Franklin Institute


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

School of Engineering and Applied Science

University of Pennsylvania

210 South 33rd Street

Berger Auditorium

Skirkanich Hall

GRASP Lab - Levine Hall 4th Floor


Schedule of Events

The event will be a combination of a symposium with 8/ 30 minutes talks split among 3 sessions and an open house at the GRASP lab which will involve poster presentations, and demos by students and faculty. The event will be open to the public.


First Session 9:30 am - 11:00 am

  9:00 am - 9:30 am                   Continental  Breakfast Greenburg Lounge
                                                   210 South 33rd Street 1st Floor Mezzanine Level

  9:30 am - 9:40 am                   Welcome CJ Taylor and Kostas Danillidis

  9:40 am - 9:50 am               
   Dennis Wint (Ph.D., President and CEO, The Franklin Institute)
                                                   Welcoming remarks

  9:50 am -10:20 am                  Peter Allen:Columbia University

                                                  Talk Title: Data Driven Grasping Using the Bajcsy Principles:
                                                   Human Modeling, Active Sensing, and Lots of Results

10:20 am -10:50 am                  Allison Okamura: Johns Hopkins University

                                                  Talk Title: Robot-Assisted Needle Steering

11:00 am -  1:00pm                  *********Open House/Lunch**********



            Second Session 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  1: 00 pm -1:30 pm                  Anthony Hoogs: Kitware, Inc

                                                  Talk Title: Getting Results: Video Analysis with a Purpose

  1:30 pm - 2:00 pm                  Henrik Christensen: Georgia Institute of Technology

                                                  Talk Title: Human Augmented Mapping

  2:00 pm  - 2:30 pm                  Oussama Khatib: Stanford University

                                                  Talk Title: Human-Friendly Robotics


  2: 30 pm - 3:00 pm                  *********Break**********


            Third Session 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  3:00 pm  – 3:30 pm                 Pradeep Khosla: Carnegie Mellon Univsrsity  

                                                  Talk Title: Building Robust Systems out of Non-Robust Components

  3:30 pm  - 4:00 pm                 Henry Fuchs: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

                                                  Talk Title:Immersive Integration of Physical and Virtual Environments

                                         for Solo, Local- and Tele-collaboration Activities

  4:00 pm -  4:30 pm                  Ruzena Bajcsy: University of California, Berkeley

                                                  Talk Title: Tele-immersion :The new geographically distributed

                                                     infrastructure towards improved collaboration







CIS Home divider Penn Engineering divider PENN   spacer
  Send comments on this page to