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Autonomous and Guided Mobile Manipulation


Paul Hebert, Robotics Research Technologist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

March 30, 2015 at  10:00 AM
McConnell Engineering Room 437

Abstract

In this talk, some of the challenges will be presented in autonomous manipulation. To that end, advances in estimation using multiple modalities such as vision and touch for both single and dual armed manipulation on real robotic systems will be presented. Improved estimation through touch using information gain, which we call Next Best Touch, will also be discussed. Lastly, the advances and challenges in guided mobile manipulation on novel robotic systems at JPL will also be presented.

Bio

Paul Hebert is a native Montrealer who graduated from McGill University in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. He spent time working for CAE on various aircraft simulators and consulted for the CSA on a reconfigurable arm. He later completed his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a strong focus in robotics at Caltech. His Ph.D research focused on multi-sensor estimation for autonomous manipulation. After Caltech, he went on to work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he currently focuses on both autonomous and semi autonomous mobile manipulation projects.