Southeast Robotics Symposium


Welcome to SRS 2019!

Georgia Institute of Technology invites to

The inaugural Southeast Robotics Symposium

Friday and Saturday, October 11-12, 2019

About the Symposium

The Southeast Robotics Symposium (SRS) aims to enhance collaboration between roboticists in the Southeastern United States. The symposium is designed as a venue to share research, to facilitate networking and career opportunities, and to foster a sense of community in the region. Our hope is that a healthy and well-connected robotics community comprising of members from both academia and industry will help establish the region as a vehicle for advancements in the field during the coming decades.

Come Join Us and Present your work!

We invite all researchers in the numerous subfields of robotics---Human-Robot Interaction, Machine Learning, Rehabilitation, Dynamics and Control, Humanoids, Robot Design, etc.---to present their latest work or ideas through research presentations and poster sessions designed to facilitate discussion.

There will be two types of presentations, both followed by a poster session.

Present your laboratory work


Many labs have a several distinct projects unified under a common theme. We invite you to present both the big-picture and small-picture ideas behind your lab's work. These 15 minute presentations will increase the visibility of your research and may help spawn future collaborations with your regional peers.


Present and accepted paper

Since several conferences come after the symposium, we would like this to be an opportunity for graduate students to present their work for upcoming conferences (e.g., IROS, Humanoids, ISRC, or CRAV.AI), or to showcase their newest research and results through a short 3 - 5 minutes presentation.

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Invited Speakers

Yu Sun

Yu Sun: Cooking is a big part of our daily life. It directly affects our physical and mental health. However, as we grow older, our physical strength decreases, our responses lag, and our memory becomes unreliable. To some extent, cooking can pose life-threating risks to some older adults, forcing them to relinquish independent living and move into senior care. If robots could reliably cook quality meals, these older adults could extend their independent living and maintain a good quality of life. In this talk, I will mainly introduce two recent results toward developing cooking robots: a cooking knowledge extraction and representation approach, called functional object-oriented network (FOON) and a recurrent neural network based motion generator that can perform human-precision pouring in unseen settings without any ad-hoc programming.

Yu Sun

Warren Dixon: Autonomous systems use closed-loop feedback of sensed or communicated information to meet desired objectives. Meeting such objectives is more challenging when autonomous systems are tasked with operating in uncertain complex environments with intermittent feedback. This presentation explores different analysis methods that quantify the effects of intermittent feedback with respect to stability and performance of the autonomous agent. Various scenarios are considered where the intermittency results from natural phenomena or adversarial actors, including purposeful intermittency to enable new capabilities. Specific examples include intermittency due to occlusions in image-based feedback and intermittency resulting from various network control problems.

Peter Neuhaus

Peter Neuhaus: The Robotics Group at IHMC combines the work of PIs Jerry Pratt, Matthew Johnson, Robert Griffin, and Peter Neuhaus. For the last decade, the group has focused on getting legged robotic systems to perform useful tasks. The approach has been a vertical integration of hardware, low level embedded software, balance and controls, high level behaviors, and user interfaces. We have developed an open source simulation and control software package that includes many useful libraries for control algorithms for legged systems. Our whole-body control algorithms are currently being used to control one legged (Halodi Eve), two legged (Atlas and Valkyrie), and four legged (Llama) robots. We are developing perception and planning algorithms to increase the autonomy of these platforms. Our legged work extends to exoskeletons, where our series of devices have provided upright mobility for people with paralysis.

Matthew Gombolay

Matthew Gombolay: : I envision a future where intelligent service robots become integral members of human-robot teams in the workplace. Today, service robots are being deployed across a wide range of settings; however, while these robots exhibit basic navigational abilities, they lack the ability to anticipate and adapt to the needs of their human teammates. I believe robots must be capable of autonomously learning from humans how to integrate into a team à la a human apprentice. In this talk, I will present a novel computational technique, known as Apprenticeship Scheduling, which gives robots the ability to 1) learn the heuristics and rules-of-thumb of human domain experts, 2) embeds and leverages this knowledge within a scalable resource optimization framework, and 3) provides engaging decision support for the robots’ human teammates. I ground these new computational techniques in human-subject experimentation to inform guidelines for roboticists deploying these advanced systems.


For the detailed schedule with all the presentations visit: Detailed Schedule
Day 1 (Friday 11th)

8:00 Registration / Breakfast Registration at Marcus Nano Technology and Breakfast
9:00 Introduction/Welcome Welcome message from the IRIM director - Seth Hutchinson
9:10 Keynote 1 Warren Dixon from the University of Florida
10:00 Break
10:10 Session 1
11:30 Poster Session 1
12:15 Labs Lunch Broken up into groups, we will to visit different laboratories to see their research and get to know each other.
13:30 Keynote 2 Peter Neuhaus from the Robotics group from IHMC
14:10 Break
14:20 Session 2
15:50 Poster Session 2
16:35 Keynote 3 Matthew Gombolay from Georgia Tech
17:20 End of Day 1
18:00 Social + networking We are going to meet at the Georgia Tech Hotel's Lobby bar to mingle and make groups if anyone want to grab dinner close by. Address: 800 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Day 2 (Saturday 12th)

8:15 Registration/Breakfast
9:10 Keynote 4 Yu Sun from the University of South Florida
10:00 Break
10:10 Session 3
11:45 Poster Session 3
12:30 Farewell / next year conference
13:00 End of Day 2


The 1st Southeast Robotics Symposium will take place at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Specifically, at the Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center, rooms 1116 - 1118.

The location and visitors parking is shown in the following map.


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The registration cost $20.

You can register in the following link


Click on the following link to book your reservations at the Georgia Tech Hotel on October 10th, 2019 through October 12th, 2019

Georgia Tech Hotel Reservation
Booking Deadline: 10/02/2019

For any additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates, please contact the hotel directly at (800)706-2899 to check availability.

For those attendees driving to the hotel, overnight parking is $18 per night with unlimited in and out access to the garage.


For Inquiries of the event, registration or participation please contact:

Sergio Aguilera

Michael Johnson