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Illini Spine: Bio-inspired robots of the future

Originating Calendar Illinois ECE Saturday Engineering for Everyone
Speaker Assistant Professor Arijit Bannerjee
Date: 4/11/2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Grainger Auditorium, Illinois ECE Building, 306 N. Wright Street, Urbana, IL
Cost: No Cost
Sponsor: Illinois ECE - Saturday Engineering for Everyone
Event Type: Other
 

Saturday Engineering for Everyone is a great opportunity for non-engineers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning about engineering to explore some of the most exciting topics and trends in the field.

“Illini Spine: Bio-inspired robots of the future” will explore the new Illinois ECE research emulating a biological spine in robots. Prof. Arijit Banerjee is developing a power network that will enable robots to be agile, efficient, and capable of reproducing biological motions that today are impossible.  

 
Robots impact countless aspects of human life.  There is a need to re-imagine them not only as an embodiment of mechanical joints and artificial intelligence but also as a complex network of electromechanical actuators. In this talk, we will share our approach to creating a synthetic spine using principles of electromechanics. Creating a synthetic spine is remarkably different from other standard robotic mechanisms, such as arms and legs, due to the presence of multiple single-joint segments, each with a limited range of motion. We will review the fundamentals of electromechanics and power electronics required to create such actuators and of course, we will see magic.
 
About the Presenter: Arijit Banerjee is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include analysis, design, control, and diagnostics of electric power and energy conversion systems. He teaches power electronics, electromechanics, and motor drives. He received his B.E. degree from Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, Shibpur, M.Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology,  Kharagpur, and Ph.D.  degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining MIT, he was with the Power Conversion Systems Group, General Electric (GE) Global Research, Bangalore. He holds sixteen issued patents.

 

Saturday Engineering for Everyone is an open and free lecture series aimed at non-engineers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning about engineering.

 

Refreshments served at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the ECE Building, 306 N. Wright St., Urbana.

 

Talks from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Grainger Auditorium, just off the lobby of the ECE Building.

 

Metered parking is available on Wright Street south of University Avenue, and in the north parking structure off University Avenue between Mathews and Goodwin avenues.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact the person listed above, or the unit hosting the event.