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Dr. Jason S. Olfert Ph.D.

Jason S. Olfert, Ph.D. - University of Alberta

Title: Beyond particle mobility classifiers: Classifying particles by mass or relaxation time THURSDAY, MAY, 12, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Mobility classifiers, like the differential mobility analyzer (DMA), have been used for decades to separate polydisperse aerosols into classes so that the particles can be counted or otherwise measured by another instrument. The DMA is routinely used...
Dr. Allison M. Okamura

Allison M. Okamura, Ph.D. - Stanford University

Title: Wearable Haptic Devices for Ubiquitous Communication THURSDAY, MAY, 5, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Haptic devices allow touch-based information transfer between humans and intelligent systems, enabling communication in a salient but private manner that frees other sensory channels. For such devices to become ubiquitous, their physical and computational aspects must be intuitive and unobtrusive. The amount...
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Bahman Gharesifard, Ph.D. - UCLA

Title: Universal approximation power of deep neural networks through the lens of control theory THURSDAY, APRIL, 28, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: The talk is concerned with a key problem in the intersections of machine learning and autonomy: when is it possible to provide formal guarantees when deep learning is used within the control loop? We explain...
You Zhou

You Zhou, Ph.D. - University of Maryland

Title: Wigner crystals and their melting in atomically thin heterostructures THURSDAY, APRIL, 21, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: A Wigner crystal — a solid made entirely of electrons — is a model system for understanding electron correlation physics that underlies a wide range of phenomena, including high-temperature superconductivity and metal-insulator transitions. Despite decades of research, it has...
Holger Schmidt

Holger Schmidt - University of California, Santa Cruz

Title: Ultrafast magnetoelastic dynamics of single nanomagnets THURSDAY, APRIL, 14, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Nanomagnets form the basis of emerging spintronic devices in data storage and memory, and their dynamic magnetization properties are critical parameters for applications. Recently, the interaction between magnetic and mechanical oscillations via magneto-elastic coupling has been gaining attention. I will discuss the...
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Javier González-Rocha - UCR

Title: Developing aerial robotic systems capabilities for targeted observations of atmospheric wind flows THURSDAY, MARCH, 31, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Measuring wind velocity near the Earth's surface is critical to understanding the surface-atmosphere interactions driving the dynamic state of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). How the ABL evolves with respect to space and time influences both...
Xiaonan Huang

Xiaonan Huang, Ph.D. - Yale University

Title: Chasing Biomimetic Mobility and Speed with Untethered Soft Robots TUESDAY, MARCH, 15, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Soft robots represent an emerging class of biologically inspired machines that have potential advantages over traditional piecewise rigid robots in maneuvering through complicated environments and resisting external disturbances. They are primarily composed of elastomers, fluids, and other forms of...
Timothy Fisher

Prof. Timothy S. Fisher - UCLA

Title: Zero-carbon energy and nanomaterials at scale: Solar-thermal synthesis of graphitic carbon and hydrogen via methane decomposition THURSDAY, MARCH, 10, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Current industrial processes for power, fuel, and commodity production are responsible for massive, ongoing CO emissions that adversely affect the stability of Earth’s climate with potentially disastrous consequences. Increased use of hydrogen...
Zhaojian Li

Zhaojian Li, Ph.D. - Michigan State University

Title: Internet of Mobility: Cloud-Facilitated Privacy-Aware Collaborative Sensing and Control in Connected Mobility THURSDAY, MARCH, 10, 2022 1:00PM-1:50PM Abstract: With the advent of 5G technology, there is a renewed interest in utilizing cloud computing to revolutionize mobility systems with big data and high-performance computing capabilities. Meanwhile, modern vehicles are equipped with advanced sensing and connectivity...
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Saber Jafarpour, Ph.D. - Georgia Institute of Technology

Title: Safety and resilience of large-scale networks via contraction theory THURSDAY, MARCH, 3, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Recent decades have witnessed the rise of network systems that operate with unprecedented scale and efficiency. Examples include smart infrastructures, robotic networks, and artificial neural networks. However, providing safety and reliability guarantees for these networks is usually challenging due...
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Gina Olson, Ph.D. - Carnegie Mellon University

Title: Soft Structures: The Backbone of Soft Robots TUESDAY, MARCH, 1, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Soft robots use geometric and material deformation to absorb impacts, mimic natural motions, mechanically adapt to motion or unevenness and to store and reuse energy. Soft robots, by virtue of these traits, offer potential to grasp robustly, adapt to unstructured environments...
Zonghe Chua

Zonghe Chua - Stanford University

Title: Vision-based Force Estimation in Robot-assisted Surgery by Humans and Machines THURSDAY, FEBRUARY, 24, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Tissue handling is an important skill for surgeons to perform safe and effective surgery. In robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (RMIS), such skill is difficult to acquire due to lack of haptic feedback. RMIS surgeons learn to estimate tissue...
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Jorge I. Poveda, Ph.D. - University of Colorado Boulder

Title: Nonsmooth Control Systems for Societal Networks with Data-Assisted Feedback Loops TUESDAY, FEBRUARY, 22, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Recent technological advances have made devices for actuation, sensing, computation, and communication increasingly portable, inexpensive, and prevalent in societal engineering network systems. Examples include connected autonomous vehicles, robotic networks, the power grid -and its emergent energy markets-, and...
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Devesh K. Jha, Ph.D. - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

Title: Robotic Manipulation in the Wild: Planning, Learning and Estimation through Contacts THURSDAY, FEBRUARY, 17, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: The last decade has seen remarkable progress in the fields of deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and reinforcement learning (RL). However, similar progress has largely eluded feedback control of physical robots -- robots still operate in highly...
Luat Vuong

Luat Vong - UCR

Title: Be wary of data, which includes having too much of it: lessons from a fly THURSDAY, JANUARY, 20, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: This talk is aimed at early graduate students with a short introduction to data analytics and data visualization. The first part of my talk provides some personally-curated examples from high-impact venues that show...
By Luat T. Vuong, Ph.D. |
alexis smith

Alexis Smith - Coordinator of the Graduate Writing Center

Title: The Basics of STEM Manuscript Writing THURSDAY, JANUARY, 13, 2022 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Interested in getting a journal article published? While some journals have their own unique format, there are key components all journal articles will contain. Come learn more about these key components to begin your writing process!
Mehran Mesbahi

Mehran Mesbahi, Ph.D. - University of Washington

Title: First Order Methods for Control Synthesis THURSDAY, DECEMBER, 2, 2021 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: In this talk, we reexamine feedback synthesis through the lens of first order methods and data-guided control. Control synthesis has historically been approached via parameterization of certificates for robustness and performance. In the seminar, I will first discuss how first order methods...
Luis Jauregui

Luis A. Jauregui, Ph.D - UCI

Title: Manipulating the Electrical Properties of Van der Waals Quantum Materials by Static and Dynamic Strain THURSDAY, NOVEMBER, 18, 2021 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Topological order and materials have been at the center of attention in condensed matter physics and engineering. Topological materials, a new quantum state of matter, are a family of quantum materials with boundary...
Carrie Perlman

Carrie Perlman, Ph.D - Stevens

Title: Surface tension and ventilation induced lung injury THURSDAY, NOVEMBER, 4, 2021 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Our group is investigating the effect of surface tension on ventilation induced lung injury (VILIL) and a newly identified pharmacologic therapy for lowering surface tension and reducing VILI. In the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), inflammation increases vascular permeability. Plasma leaks...
Guy Genin

Guy Genin, Ph.D. - WUSTL

Title: The mechanics and mechanobiology of rotator cuff healing and repair THURSDAY, OCTOBER, 28, 2021 11:00AM-11:50AM Abstract: Mechanical force plays an essential role in shaping cells, tissues, and organs of plants and animals. The US NSF Science and Technology Center for Engineering MechanoBiology aims to define how molecules, cells and tissues integrate mechanics within plant...