Our research is aimed at realizing adaptive and robust everyday robots and cyber-physical systems (CPS) to empower humans in all aspects of life. We primarily focus on design, implementation, control and validation of robots and CPS in three main applications, assistive technology, disaster response and more recently, responding to epidemics. In this talk, we will first describe our approach to human supervised control of a humanoid robot for non-conventional disaster response involving an optimization based full-body controller, a model-based software design methodology for task completion and factorization of tasks between the human operator and robot to maximize the utility of the human-robot team. Next, we will introduce the shared control architecture for a semi- autonomous wheelchair-robot arm system to enable self-feeding for physically-locked in individuals. Finally, we will discuss our ongoing research on human-centered design of a medical CPS and its operational procedures to respond to future Ebola epidemics.
Taskin Padir is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He holds a B.S in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He is the Director of Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab). His projects have been sponsored by NSF, DARPA, NASA, AFRL, and many industry partners. Dr. Padir led project teams for the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge, SmartAmerica Challenge and the DARPA Robotics Challenge.