The Robotics Colloquium features talks by invited and local researchers on all aspects of robotics, including control, perception, machine learning, mechanical design, and interaction. The colloquium is held Fridays between 1:30-2:30pm (virtually over Zoom - details will be sent over the mailing list). Special seminars outside this schedule are indicated below. Previously recorded talks are available on YouTube.
If you would like to give a talk in upcoming Robotics Colloquia, please contact Selest Nashef. If you would like to get regular email announcements and reminders about the robotics colloquium speakers, please sign up for the Robotics@UW mailing list.
Autumn 2022 Organizers: Selest Nashef, John Smith, Byron Boots, Maya Cakmak, Dieter Fox, Sam Burden, Siddhartha S. Srinivasa
Abstract: There is a critical and immediate need for innovation in our study of the biomechanics and neural control of movement toward more effective translational efforts to preserve walking ability and mitigate falls due to aging and gait pathology. I will discuss recent discoveries from the four principal lines of research in our Applied Biomechanics Laboratory to meet this need. Specifically, our research is organized to address four specific challenges faced by those in our rapidly aging population: gait performance, instability and falls, osteoarthritis, and muscular fatigue. Examples will include using ultrasound to quantify aging effects on the structure and function of muscles and tendons that power walking and thereby inform bio-inspired wearable technologies, sensory and mechanical perturbations that help us understand and mitigate instability and falls, and real-time biofeedback to establish cause-effect mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of osteoarthritis for precision rehabilitation. Throughout, I will emphasize the need for mechanisms-based approaches to catalyze impact in the field of rehabilitation engineering.
Biography: Dr. Franz received his B.S. (2004) and M.S. (2006) degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech and, after serving as a staff scientist in PM&R at the University of Virginia, received his Ph.D. (2012) in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He then completed an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2015, Dr. Franz joined the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University and is now an Associate Professor and Director of the UNC Applied Biomechanics Laboratory. He currently serves as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple NIH-funded research projects, all predominantly focused on rehabilitation engineering strategies to mitigate age- and disease-related mobility impairment and falls risk.
Details of previous Robotics Colloquiua can be found here.