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CS Colloquium - Nikolaus Correll (CU)
Start Date: 9/26/2013Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 9/26/2013End Time: 4:30 PM
Event Description:
"Distributed Information Processing in Materials that Think"
Nikolaus Correll
Correll Robotics Lab, CU-Boulder Computer Science

ECCR 265
Thursday, September 26
3:30-4:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE that this colloquium has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 26

ABSTRACT: Materials that think are enabled by recent advances in smart polymers, desktop manufacturing systems and miniaturization of computers. These materials tightly integrate sensing, actuation, computation and communication in a periodic, amorphous fashion, which might enable revolutionary new composites with fully programmable capabilities. The challenges in creating materials that think lie at the intersection of material science engineering and computer science, and - from a CS perspective - require advances in distributed algorithms for signal processing, control and routing of information.

I illustrate these challenges and recent advances by our group using three experimental case studies, all using identical computational infrastructure: (1) a soft robotic skin that can locate and classify textures by locally sampling, processing and classifying vibrations and route relevant information to a CPU using multi-hop networking; (2) A modular building block for creating intelligent walls and facade systems that can recognize complex gestures; and (3) variable-stiffness composites that can assume arbitrary shapes using simple actuation and local feedback control. Albeit serving different functions at different scales, material and computational properties can be designed using a unified mathematical framework based on abstracting the computer network as continuous amorphous medium.

BIO: Nikolaus Correll is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science since 2009 with joint appointments in Electrical, Aerospace and Materials engineering. Nikolaus joined CU's faculty after a two-year post-doc at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from EPFL in 2007 and earned a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2003. Nikolaus is the recipient of a 2012 NSF CAREER award and 2012 NASA Early Career Faculty Fellowship.

Hosted by Mike Mozer.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Engineering Classroom Wing  (View Map)
1111 Engineering DR
Boulder, CO
Room: 265
Contact Information:
Name: Bor-Yuh Evan Chang
Phone: 303-492-8894
Photo of Nikolaus Correll holding swarm robots, Caravaggioesque lighting
Attachments For This Event:
    > Pdf of Correll flyer
This event is open to
  • Everyone
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    Free and open to all.
    Refreshments will be provided.

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