Performing Dexterous Manipulation in the Ocean: ROVs with Hands: E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series

Seminar | March 15 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Assistant Professor Hannah Stuart, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: Mobile robots face a rapidly expanding range of potential applications, including remote exploration, search-and-rescue and household assistance. In many of these cases, the focus of interaction is via the robot’s end-effectors. Current manipulators have limited capabilities in comparison to their biological counterparts. Berkeley’s Embodied Dexterity Group is interested in improving robot capabilities through building end-effectors with embodied intelligence and robustness, especially for challenging, unstructured environments. This includes the design of (1) novel grippers, hands and wearable devices, (2) touch perception for autonomous or human-operated interventions and (3) bioinspired manipulation strategies.

This talk will focus on undersea manipulation technologies deployed on remotely operated vehicles (ROV). Dr. Stuart's most notable work to date includes the design of hands for the Ocean One diving humanoid, that was deployed to the La Lune shipwreck archaeological site in the Mediterranean Sea. She will present the context for undersea manipulation devices and reflect on her lab’s more recent work, which includes the design of robot hands with micro-spines for gripping onto rocky substrates.

Biography: Professor Stuart's research interests include: Dexterous manipulation; Bioinspired design; Soft and multi-material mechanisms; Skin contact conditions; Tactile sensing and haptics. Prof. Hannah Stuart received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University in 2011. She then completed her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2013 and 2017 respectively. In graduate school she was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Stanford Graduate Fellowship and the Lieberman Fellowship., 510-642-1338