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Caltech Students and Postdoc Receive ICRA Best Paper Awards


At the 2023 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), three teams featuring Aaron Ames [Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems] and a Caltech EAS student/postdoc received a best paper award.

MCE postdoc Jeeseop Kim received the ICRA 2023 Outstanding Paper Award (best overall paper at the conference) for co-authoring "Distributed Data-Driven Predictive Control for Multi-Agent Collaborative Legged Locomotion." CDS graduate student Noel Csomay-Shanklin and CMS graduate student Victor Dorobantu received the Outstanding Dynamics and Control Paper for "Nonlinear Model Predictive Control of a 3D Hopping Robot: Leveraging Lie Group Integrators for Dynamically Stable Behaviors." CDS graduate student Wyatt Ubellacker received the Outstanding Student Paper Award for "Robust Locomotion on Legged Robots through Planning on Motion Primitive Graphs." 

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Robotics Engineers Take on COVID-19


Methods that were originally created to help robots to walk and autonomous cars to drive safely can also help epidemiologists predict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aaron Ames, Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems, and colleagues took these tools and applied them to the development of an epidemiological methodology that accounts for human interventions (like mask mandates and stay-at-home orders). By utilizing the U.S. COVID-19 data from March through May, they were able to predict the infection wave during the summer to high accuracy. "This is the greatest health challenge to face our society in a generation at least. We all need to pitch in and help in any way we can," Ames says. [Caltech story]

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