All participants selected to participate at the Ph.D. Forum are expected to be present throughout the forum. Our experience has been that participants gain almost as much by interacting with their peers as by having their presentations critiqued by their faculty mentor. As such, we expect a commitment from participating students to attend the entire Ph.D. Forum. The highlights of the forum include:

  • Two panels of faculty/industry robotics researchers discussing their career trajectories and the future of robotics
  • Student participants are provided access to robotics mentors for research advice
  • Poster presentations by participants during breaks with key leaders
  • A round table discussion with mentors examining the future of robotics
  • Generous travel support for participants


10:30 – 11:00 Panel session discussing career pathways
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break and poster session
11:30 – 12:00 Panel session discussion of future directions in robotics
12:00 – 12:45 Round table discussion between participants and mentors
12:45 – 1:30 Reporting and networking lunch

Student Poster Abstracts

Author Institution Title
Colette Abah Vanderbilt University Design Considerations and Redundancy Resolution for Variable Geometry Continuum Robots
Hyemin Ahn Seoul National University Text2Action: Generative Adversarial Synthesis from Language to Action
Ariel Anders Massachusetts Institute of Technology Reliably arranging objects
Gabriel D Bousquet Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dynamic soaring beyond biomimetics: design and control of an albatross-inspired wind-powered system
Silvia Cascianelli University of Perugia Vision and Language for Service Robotics
Arturo Cruz-Maya Université Paris-Saclay Influence of Regulatory Focus Behavior on Robot Persuasiveness and User Stress
Preston Culbertson Stanford University Decentralized Adaptive Control for Collaborative Manipulation
Robert DeBortoli Oregon State University Underwater 3D Reconstruction from 2D Sonar Images Using Deep Learning
Marwa ElDiwiny Inria How To Design Your Polymer Artificial Muscle Actuator/ Sensor
Martin Fevre University of Notre Dame Velocity Decomposition-Enhanced Control of Underactuated Bipeds
Genevieve Flaspohler Massachusetts Institute of Technology Irrevocable Sample Selection for Spatiotemporal Data Streams
Sourav Garg Queensland University of Technology Semantically Recognizing Places from Opposite Viewpoints across Day and Night
Laura Hallock University of California Beyond Surface Electromyography: Novel Measures of Muscle Activation for High-Degree-of-Freedom Assistive Device Control
Krishna Murthy Jatavallabhula Universite de Montreal Leveraging Geometry for Self-Supervision in Robotic Perception Tasks
Nare Karapetyan University of South Carolina Multi-robot Coverage
Peter Karkus National University of Singapore Integrating Algorithmic Planning and Deep Learning for Decision Making under Uncertainty
Liang Li Shanghai Jiao Tong University Pole-like Feature-based Real-time Localization for Autonomous Vehicles
Tingguang Li The Chinese University of Hong Kong Deep Reinforcement Learning Supervised Autonomous Exploration in Indoor Environments
Xiao Ma National University of Singapore Stochastic Neural Planners with Implicit Models
Xiaochun Mai The Chinese University of Hong Kong Yield Estimation and Crop Disease Detection
Parikshit Maini IIIT-Delhi Joint Route Planning for Cooperative Aerial and Ground Robot Systems for Coverage Applications
Seth McCammon Oregon State University Topological Planning for Marine Robots
Maria Pozzi University of Siena and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia New Approaches to Model and Simulate Compliant and Underactuated Robotic Hands
Sharmin Rahman University of South Carolina Underwater Cave Mapping
Giuseppe Riggio University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Multi-robot systems for precision agriculture
Timothy Sandy Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems High-Accuracy Mobile Manipulation for On-Site Building Construction
Gijo Sebastian The University of Melbourne Design and analysis of feedback-based iterative learning control with input and output constraints
Jingwei Song University of Technology, Sydney MIS-SLAM: Real-time Large Scale Dense Deformable SLAM System in Minimal Invasive Surgery Based on Heterogeneous Computing
Benjamin Stephens-Fripp University of Wollongong Non-Invasive Sensory Feedback for Transradial Prosthetic Hands
Markku Suomalainen Aalto University Learning compliant assembly skills from human demonstration
Marco Tognon Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems UAV Environment Interaction
Tarik Tosun University of Pennsylvania Robots Changing Their World: Environment Augmentation in Robotics
Nikolaos Tsiogkas Heriot Watt University Optimising robotic mission execution
Nathan Scott Usevitch Stanford University Networks of High Extension Pneumatic Actuators for Locomotion and Shape Change
Zijiang Wang Stanford University Multi-Robot Cooperative Object Transport Without Communication
Minghan Wei University of Minnesota Coverage Path Planning under the Energy Constraint
Esen Yel University of Virginia Self-triggered Planning and Scheduling of UAV Operations
Mohammad Ali Zamani University of Hamburg Language-modulated Actions for Safer Human-Robot Interaction using Deep Reinforcement Learning