New MS Thesis on Human-Robot Interaction

We are very pleased to have the MS Thesis on Human Detection, Gesture Recognition, and Policy Generation for Human-Aware Robots, completed from our own Steven Jorgensen. Congratulations!


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IEEE ARSO 2017 Speaker Line Up

We are very pleased to have an all star line up of keynote speakers for the IEEE International Workshop of Advanced Robotics and its Social Impact in Austin, during March 8-10, 2017: (1) Ruzena Bajcsy, Director Emerita of Citrus at the University of California at Berkeley and co-founder of the renown GRASP laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania , (2) Sabine Hauert, Professor of Swarm Robotics at the University of Bristol, TED talk speaker, and expert in science communication, (3) Mady Delvaux, member of the European Parliament and advocate of increasing digital competences in education systems, and (4) Alan Manning, a renowned UK labour economist and professor of the London School of Economics.

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You can find the biographies of the speakers on this link.

Additionally, a panel in conjunction with SXSW is scheduled to take place on Friday March 10, 2017.

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IEEE-RAS International Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts

The HCRL is very pleased to announce the 2nd call for submissions, due on October 7th, for the IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts. ARSO is a single track workshop with top scientific and social papers gathering an eclectic mix of researchers, scientists, and thinkers intersecting the area of robotics and autonomous systems from various perspectives. Consider submitting your top research studies addressing significant scientific, computational, and experimental questions in advanced robotics and its broader impacts, including:

  • Science of autonomous systems
  • Comparative studies of humans and robots
  • Large-scale software development for robotics
  • Data and prediction sciences for just-it-time feedback (social and robotic systems)
  • Mission centered robotics for scientific exploration: space and marine environments
  • Experimental robotics: robustness, adaptation, safety, and security
  • Robotics in education
  • Rehabilitation, ortthotic, and prosthetic sciences and devices
  • Industrial and manufacturing trends in robotics
  • Robotic innovation and startups
  • Ethical and legal issues in robotics
  • Labour dynamics influenced by robotics
  • Robotics in emerging markets: defense, oil and gas, and health
  • Robot assistants, companions, and artificial life systems
  • Perceptual studies using robotics

Notice that there are various options for submission:

  1. Full conference papers (peer reviewed and published in IEEE Xplore, 6 pages, with up to 2 additional pages) on significant research/scientific questions and methods (oral or interactive presentations)
  2. Abstracts (2 pages) on all topics (oral or interactive presentations)
  3. Proposals for organized sessions (2 pages) on all topics (oral presentations in the style of a panel)

Full papers will published in IEEE Xplore.



All the best,

ARSO 2017 Organizing Committee

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New PhD Dissertation on Non-Periodic Dynamic Locomotion


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Ye Zhao Defends his PhD

Congratulations to Ye for successfully defending his PhD! Some of his contributions include formalizing non-periodic locomotion gait planning, using formal methods to maneuver in dynamically changing environments, and studying distributed realtime control architectures.


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NSF Grant Awarded

A new NSF grant has been awarded to our lab in collaboration with the Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering Departments to explore human-aware robotic navigation in populated environments.

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IEEE Transactions on Robotics Paper Accepted

Our paper, “Stabilizing Series-Elastic Point-Foot Bipeds using Whole-Body Operational Space Control”, led by student Donghyun Kim, gets accepted in TRO.

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Link to Paper


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Awarded Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology Grant

Our proposal titled “Shared Laboratory Initiative” has been awarded by the LIFT Grant. Those funds will support a graduate student and a software engineer for an exciting cloud control and content management system.

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Awarded an ONR DURIP Grant

Our lab receives a DURIP grant to develop and study Next Generation Humanoid Robots.

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Awarded the UT Innovation Center Grant

Our lab receives the UT Innovation Grant for our spin off Apptronik to commercialize high performance actuators and humanoid robots.

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Dr. Sentis Tenure Celebration

What a surprise!!! We celebrated the tenure of Luis, the Lab’s Head, as a family, with a warm celebration and acknowledgement of the effort from every single member of the group. The future awaits and in humanoid robotics and human-centered technologies, we are going to be making some news! Cheers!!

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Hot Science Cool Talks

Click on the image below to start the Webcast:

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Dreamer Wishes You Happy Holidays!


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Arxiv Preprint of Our Paper on Non-Periodic Dynamic Locomotion.

We are pleased to post the submission of our paper “A Framework for Planning and Controlling Non-Periodic Bipedal Locomotion” for journal publication. The draft paper describing the framework can be found by clicking below:



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Presentations during Humanoids 2015 on Stabilizing Point Foot Biped Robots and Data Fusion

PhD student Donghyun Kim and Dr. Sentis present their experimental work on bipedal locomotion and sensing.

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Texas Tribune Festival’s Innovation Showcase

very fun day talking to attendants of the Texas Tribune Festival, discussing STEM at UT Austin, and showcasing our research on cloud to hardware funded by NASA and the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology.

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