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VISE Fall Seminar – Erdem Erdemir, PhD

Posted by on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in News.

Erdem Erdemir, PhD ,
Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
Tennessee State University

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Location: Stevenson Center 5326
Time: 2:45 p.m. for snacks, 3:00 p.m. start


Design and Implementation of Intelligence in Biomechatronic Systems

In the future, biomechatronic robotic systems will need to accomplish more complex tasks in increasingly challenging environments, exhibiting robust performance in a wide range of situations. The methods of designing classical controllers for these situations are tedious and inflexible. Also, it is impossible to consider all possibilities in advance and implant robots with hard-wired codes. Instead, if robots could simulate and develop essential control skills, learn by trial and error much like a human does, and discover its action possibilities based on perceptual-motor interactions, then they would be able to handle complex problems. A promising approach to qualitatively advance the robotic technology is to use state-of-the-art machine learning tools that can learn from experience registered through the robot’s own sensors. Accordingly, this talk will discuss the important technical steps for the roadmap of intelligent biomechatronics system design, including constraints of design, actuators and control methods for robots.

Short Bio:
Erdem Erdemir, Ph.D. received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Bogazici University in Mechanical Engineering and Systems & Control Engineering. He has industry experience of three years as an R&D Leader and project engineer on the development and implementation of intelligent automation systems in GE-GSD. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During his Ph.D. studies, he worked at the STORM, CIM and CIS Laboratories at Vanderbilt University and RISL Lab at TSU. He stayed for a post-doctoral training experience on meso-scale robotics at STORM Lab in Vanderbilt University. He joined the faculty at Tennessee State University in the fall of 2014 and is currently the assistant professor of computer science and the director of the BAR Lab (Biomechatronics and Agricultural Robotics) at TIGER Institute. He worked as a visiting faculty researcher at Google on machine learning in 2017. He is honored with the award of IDA McClain Fortitude Faculty Award for the exceptional commitment to students via education and mentorship. His research interests are in meso-scale robotics, deep learning, smart prosthetics, and agricultural mechatronics systems


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