Seminars, Minicourses & Lectures

 Session 4 | October 21, 2020
All Seminar Sessions Occur @ 12:15 - 1:15 (EST)
Panel on Applying to Faculty Positions in Robotics
GT Faculty Representing Various Colleges

Abstract: It is a vibrant time in robotics research in both academia and industry. In academia, a little strategy can go a long way in the faculty hiring process, especially in the face of a pandemic. In this panel discussion, we will discuss some of the in-and-outs of applying for (and ultimately getting) faculty positions in robotics.


IRIM's seminar series is video recorded and housed in Georgia Tech Library's SMARTech repository. Additionally, more than five years of historical information about the seminar series is available online.

Speaker 1 | Topic: TBA
Kevin Yu  | Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Speaker 2 | Topic: TBA
Venkata Ramana Makkapati | Georgia Institute of Technology

Visiting Faculty Fellows Mini-Courses

IRIM’s Visiting Faculty Fellows program supports extended visits (one to six months) to the Georgia Tech Atlanta campus by faculty members from other institutions or industry/government laboratories who are engaged in research activities focusing on robotics. IRIM provides Visiting Fellows with partial salary support, along with support for travel and living expenses. Visiting Fellows interact with IRIM faculty and students and teach a minicourse on their current research during their stay at Georgia Tech.

 IRIM Fellows Emeritus


Nonlinear Control for Robots
Mark W. Spong - Professor of Systems Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Excellence in Education Chair in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Texas at Dallas

Mark W. Spong received the Doctor of Science degree in systems science and mathematics in 1981 from Washington University in St. Louis. He has held faculty positions at Lehigh University, Cornell University, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, he is a professor of Systems Engineering, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the Excellence in Education Chair in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was Dean of the Jonsson School at UT Dallas from 2008-2017. During his tenure as dean he added four departments of engineering, nine new degree programs, and more than doubled the number of students and faculty.

Review Dynamics of Robot, Feedback Linearization, I/O Linearization and Zero Dynamics

Control of Underactuated Robots I

Control of Underactuated Robots II

Control of Underactuated Robots III, Control of Nonholonomic Systems I

Control of Nonholonomic Systems II

Control of Nonholonomic Systems III


Stochastic Methods for Robotics
Gregory S. Chirikjian - Professor; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins

Chirikjian’s research interests lie in robotics, automation and manufacturing; biomolecular mechanics, conformational analysis and nanoscience; mathematical crystallography; medical image registration, fiducial design and reconstruction; and in mathematical modeling and computational mathematics. He has developed numerical and analytical techniques for efficient computation of motion in binary robot arm design. He holds four patents for his work.

Lecture 1: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

Lecture 2: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

Lecture 3: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

Lecture 4: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

Lecture 5: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

Lecture 6: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

Lecture 7: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

Lecture 8: Stochastic Methods for Robotics

“Life as a Professor” Video Series

Affiliated Center Seminars

Two of IRIM's affiliated centers also host weekly seminars. The Machine Learning Center holds seminars on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., alternating weekly with IRIM's schedule. The Decision and Control Laboratory (DCL) typically holds seminars on Fridays at 11 a.m.