Speaker Series

Brown University’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative (HCRI) is proud to feature a multidisciplinary Speaker Series that showcases diverse and groundbreaking research undertaken by leaders in science, technology, design, and impact of robotics on society. Members of the HCRI network and their visitors give research talks announced on this calendar and the HCRI mailing list. (To sign up for the listserve, email hcri@brown.edu)

*Most talks are filmed and are available for viewing here.*

Spring 2017 Speaker Series talks and other presentations:

March 2, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 477: Ken Goldberg, University of California Berkeley
March 9, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 477: Sorelle Friedler, Haverford College
April 14, 2:00-3:00 in CIT 477: Stefanos Nikolaidis, CMU
April 20, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Kunal Mankodiya, University of Rhode Island
April 21, 2:00-3:00 in CIT 477: Hanumant Singh, Northeastern University
May 3, 12:00-1:00 in in CIT 368: Jesse Thomason, University of Texas Austin
May 12, 2:00-3:00 in CIT 477: Amanda Pogue, University of Rochester
May 18, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Iyad Rahwan, MIT

*Past Talks*

Fall 2016 Speaker Series talks and other presentations:
September 15, 3:00-4:00 in CIT 477: Roey Tzezana, University of Tel Aviv and Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center
September 23, 3:00-4:00 in Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium, Room 110: Simone Giertz
October 13, 3:00-4:00 in CIT 477: Colin Allen, Indiana University
October 20, 3:00-4:00 in CIT 477: Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research – Redmond Lab
October 24, 10:00-11:00am in Metcalf Room 305, Dome Room: Maya Cakmak, University of Washington
October 26, two tech talks by Rich Caruana, Microsoft Research, 1:00-2:00pm in CIT 477, and 3:00-4:00pm in CIT 506
October 27, 3:00-4:00 in CIT 477: Chuck Anderson, Colorado State University
November 10, 3:00-4:00 in CIT 477: Mike Roberts, Stanford University
December 8, 3:00-4:00 in CIT 477: Adrian Boteanu, Cornell University
December 12, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Jennifer Barry, Boston Dynamics

Speaker Series Talks and Other Presentations (2015-2016 Academic Year)
September 21, 1:00-2:00 in CIT 368: Matt Klingensmith, Carnegie Mellon University, Tech Talk
September 28, 2:00-3:00pm in CIT 477: Jeffrey Bigham, Carnegie Mellon University, Research Talk
October 15, 1:00-2:00pm in CIT 477: Noah Goodman, Stanford University, Research Talk
October 26, 1:00-2:00pm in CIT 368: Alborz Geramifard, Amazon, Tech Talk
November 9, 1:00-2:00pm in CIT 368: Jeffrey Siskind, Purdue University
November 30, 2:00-3:30pm in CIT 477: Jean-François Bonnefon, Toulouse School of Economics
December 7, 1:00-2:00pm in CIT 477: Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
March 9, 6:00pm in Metcalf Auditorium: Carla Diana, University of Pennsylvania and Smart Design, co-sponsored talk with RISD
March 24, 1:15-2:15pm in CIT 368: Cynthia Matuszek, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
April 11, 1:00-2:00pm in CIT 477: Satinder Singh from the University of Michigan
April 28, 6:00-8:00pm in CIT 368: David McAllester from Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (co-sponsored with DigLit and Brown Effective Altruists student groups)
June 15, 10:00-11:00am in CIT 368: Emma Brunskill, Carnegie Mellon University
June 16, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Rico Jonschkowski, Technische Universität Berlin

Speaker Series Talks (2014-2015 Academic Year)
September 24: Dieter Fox, University of Washington
October 1: Matthias Scheutz, Tufts University
October 8: Edwin Olson, University of Michigan
October 22: Andy Law (RISD) and Ilan Moyer (MIT)
December 3: Ayanna Howard ’93, Georgia Institute of Technology
December 10: Lydia Kavraki, Rice University (co-sponsored with Brown’s Center for Computational Molecular Biology [CCMB])
January 21: Maja Mataric´, University of Southern California
February 11: Drew Bagnell, Carnegie Mellon University  CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED
March 18: Paul Bello, Naval Research Laboratory
April 1: Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University
April 29: Leslie Pack Kaelbling, MIT CSAIL
May 27: Stelian Coros, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Talks and Other Presentations (2014-2015 Academic Year)
October 10, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 477: Alexandre Lecours, Kinova, Tech Talk
October 24, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Scott Niekum, Carnegie Mellon University, Tech Talk
November 6, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Marie desJardins, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Sponsored Talk
December 4, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Aaron Dollar, Yale University, Research Talk
December 12, 12:00-1:00 in CIT 477: Anca Dragan, Carnegie Mellon University, Tech Talk
February 3, 11:30-1:00 in CIT 477: Michael Beetz, University of Bremen, Research Talk
July 2: 12:00-1:00 in CIT 368: Lawson Wong, MIT CSAIL

Speaker Series Talks (2013-2014 Academic Year)
September 18:  Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
October 2:  Janet Vertesi, Princeton University
October 9:  Lionel Reveret, INRIA
October 23:  Brian Scassellati, Yale University
November 6:  Albert Huang ’03, Rethink Robotics
December 18: Chris Roman, University of Rhode Island
February 5: Andy Ruina ’81, Cornell University
February 12: Hadas Kress-Gazit, Cornell University
April 9: Tom Wagner
April 16: Eric Joyner
April 23: Andrea Thomaz, Georgia Institute of Technology
April 30: Morana Alac, UC San Diego

Research Talks and Other Presentations (2013-2014 Academic Year):
September 20, 11:00-12:00 in Barus and Holley 190: Dejan Pangercic, Robert Bosch LLC
September 27, 3:00-4:15 in CIT 368: Josh Tyler, Suitable Technologies
October 8, 4:00 in MacMillan 117: John Grotzinger, Caltech
October 29, 3:00-4:00 in Barus and Holley 190: Naomi Ehrich Leonard, Princeton University
October 31, 1:30-2:30 in CIT 368: Yoav Artzi, University of Washington
April 11: Ryan Williams, University of Southern California
April 18: Hema Koppula, Cornell University

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Additionally, we celebrated National Robotics Week (April 5-13, 2014) at Brown with a special series of talks and events, including:

Saturday, April 5:   Robot Block Party
Wednesday, April 9:  HCRI Guest Speaker: Tom Wagner
Friday, April 11:   HCRI Research Talk: Ryan Williams
Saturday, April 12:   Brown IEEE Robotics Competition
Tuesday, April 29:  Screening of the film Robot and Frank


The Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative aims to address the issues and challenges of robotics and society through building on Brown’s interdisciplinary strengths across the physical, life, and social sciences, as well as the humanities.  The initiative has a commitment to three goals:

  •  Understanding societal needs to explore problems in society that can be resolved with the help of scientific and technical solutions.
  • Advancing human-centered technology to develop next-generation robots that enhance quality of life and foster productivity by learning from, teaching, supporting, and collaborating with humans.
  • Understanding societal impact to assess the economic, social, legal, ethical, and policy ramifications of new robotic technologies.

For more information on the speaker series, email hcri(@)brown.edu.