Raff D'Andrea, 12 October 2010
Raff D'Andrea from ETH will be visiting Caltech on 12 October 2010 (Tue). Please sign up for a time to meet with him below.
Tuesday (12 Oct 2010):
8:45a Hold: John Doyle 9:30a Hold: John Doyle 10:15a Hold: John Doyle 11:00a Floris 12:00p IST Lunch Bunch, Annenberg 1:30p Ufuk 2:15p Nader 3:00p Discussions/lab tours w/ RMM students: meet in Steele library
- Robotics lab: Shuo Han and Andrea Censi
- Insect flight: Sawyer Fuller and Francisco Zabala
- Biocircuits: Ophelia Venturelli and Elisa Franco
- MuSyC: Necmiye Ozay and Mumu Xu
4:15p Hold: Ben Recht
Some Applications of Distributed Estimation and Control
Raff D'Andrea, ETHZ
In this talk I will discuss several applications of distributed estimation and control: Kiva Systems, a company that uses hundreds of mobile robots to move inventory in distribution facilities; the Balancing Cube, a structure that can balance on any one of its edges or corners using six rotating mechanisms on the cube's inner faces; the Distributed Flight Array, a flying platform consisting of multiple autonomous single propeller vehicles that are able to drive, dock with their peers, and fly in a coordinated fashion; the Flying Machine Arena, a research-driven airspace where vehicles teach themselves -- and each other -- how to fly.
Raffaello D'Andrea is Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich and Technical Co-Founder of Kiva Systems, a company that develops adaptive and self-configuring warehouse automation systems using hundreds of networked, mobile robots. Also a creator of dynamic sculpture, he has shown his work at international venues including the Venice Biennale, the Luminato Festival, Ars Electronica, and ideaCity; two of his pieces are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada.