University of Texas at Austin’s Luis Sentis presents a seminar as part of the IRIM Robotics Seminar Series. The seminar will be held in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building from 12-1 p.m. and is open to the public.
Luis Sentis joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor in 2010. Between 2007 and 2009 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from Stanford University and his B.S. (Honors Thesis) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in 1996. He worked as a control engineer in Silicon Valley between 1996 and 1998.
Sentis directs the Human Centered Robotics Laboratory, where his research focuses on characterizing, controlling, and building humanoid robots. His control methods have been used in some of the most advanced humanoid robots such as the Meka Humanoid Robot and simulations of the Honda Asimo Humanoid robot. He conducts research on algorithms for the compliant skills of humanoid robots, design of mechanical and embedded hardware for humanoid systems, and biomechatronics.
Additionally, Sentis has created a new class called Topics in Human Centered Robotics to explore foundations and applications of robots for the assistance and augmentation of humans in their daily lives. He is also the co-designer of the open-source software architecture, the Compliant Whole-Body Control Framework, which endows complex compliant skills to humanoid robots. His research has been funded by the Office of Naval Research, the NSF National Robotics Initiative, and the DARPA Robotics Challenge.