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IEEE Fellow, ASME Fellow, Technical Fellow, General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI , Adjunct Professor, Mathematics Department, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Engineering Humanoid Robots
Humanoid robots have been popular for years in science fiction and in toys, but in recent years more and more genuine humanoid robots have appeared. YouTube videos of humanoids are cool, but what goes on behind them? And what can these robots reallly do in real life? Basic issues in engineering humanoids will be discussed, giving the non-expert a better capacity for evaluating the buzz around the latest developments in robotics. The speaker, an IEEE Fellow, will draw on his experience as a member of the General Motors / NASA team behind the recently announced humanoid called Robonaut 2. Biography:
Dr. Charles W. Wampler is known for his publications on the kinematics of robots and mechanisms, especially his fundamental contributions to the theory of polynomial continuation and its application to kinematic analysis and synthesis . Other areas of significant contribution concern the calibration of robots, analysis of multiloop mechanisms, and the theory of kinematically redundant robot manipulators. Within General Motors, he has been a leader in the development of robotic fixtures to facilitate the production of multiple vehicle body styles on the same assembly line. With the system developed by Wampler and his colleagues in use in several plants, GM bestowed its top technical honor (the Boss Kettering Award) on the team in 1999 and continues to spread the system to new facilities today. Ph.D. (1985), Stanford University.