Seminar: Putting energy and geometry back in robotics
Monday, 15 May, 2023 - 15:00
TITLE: Putting energy and geometry back in robotics
ABSTRACT: Whether fixed to the ground, moving in a room, swimming in water, or flying in air, robots inherently interact with their environment in a bilateral manner. From a system theoretic perspective, we cannot simply consider the environment as a source of disturbance that we should reject, but instead it is an essential ingredient in simulating and controlling interactive robots. The main theme of my research is using energy and geometry for the modeling, simulation and control of interactive robots using the geometric port-Hamiltonian framework. In this seminar, I will discuss how the port-Hamiltonian framework applies to two emerging fields of aerial robotics: aerial physical interaction and bio-inspired flapping flight.
BIO: Ramy Rashad received the M.Sc. degree in mechatronics engineering with honors (cum laude) in mechatronics engineering from the German University in Cairo, Egypt, in 2015, and the Ph.D. degree with honors (cum laude) in robotics and mechatronics group (RAM) from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 2021. His Ph.D. dissertation has been selected as one out of six finalists for the euRobotics Georges Giralt PhD Award 2022 for best theses in Europe across all areas of robotics. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Robotics and Mechatronics (RaM) group, University of Twente. His research interests include modeling and control of aerial robots and port-Hamiltonian systems theory, in particular modeling and simulation of distributed parameter systems.
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