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Technical Seminar on Robotics – IEEE women in Engineering (WIE) Winnipeg Section

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
IEEE women in Engineering (WIE) Winnipeg Section
is pleased to present a technical seminar on Robotics
 

Seminar Title: Artificial Intelligence and Humanoid-Robot Athletes

Speaker: Mr. Amir Hosseinmemar of Autonomous Agent laboratory (AALab),
University of Manitoba

Date: 2.30 – 4.30 pm21 November 2016

Location:  E3-262 (Senate Chamber)   EITC Bldg.

University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

Registration: Admission Free
Link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/42050
Starts 08 November 2016 12:00 AM
Ends 21 November 2016 12:00 AM
All times are Canada/Central
This technical seminar is open to all graduate/undergraduate students and all the professionals from industry
There will be coffee and donuts for all participants
Abstract
In the growing world of technology, humanoid robotics has emerged as one of the fastest evolving fields. As a human when we play a soccer game, a basketball game, jogging or climbing, we are doing tasks that are easy for the human brain to understand. We do not think about solutions such as solving for the x, y, z positions of each individual joint or how to calculate the angular velocity of each particular joint. Similarly, when we walk, we do not think about the parameters of each individual joint, we instead decide about walking pace and stride. However, no existing humanoid robot can do any of these tasks as well as humans. Moving and controlling balance is a very simple task for humans but for a biped robot controlling balance and motion is a very complicated and expensive task. In order to advance the state of the art, fully autonomous humanoid-robots that use artificial intelligence need to be examined against solid benchmarks so that current abilities can be measured and so that goals can be set and progress charted. One means of setting such benchmarks is through robotics competitions: researchers around the world can compete against each other in real time, and share their ideas and solutions. HuroCup is a benchmark competition that is recognized worldwide and has been growing since 2002. It consists of many different sporting events such as weightlifting, basketball, etc. RoboCup is another benchmark with the focus on playing soccer. The elements of artificial intelligence and control in these tasks are all important components in broader applications for humanoids (e.g. rescue, household robots) In this seminar, speaker will talk about AALab’s work on Hurocup and RoboCup challenges in recent years and how these two benchmarks lead researchers to improve artificial intelligence and robotics.
Biography
Mr. Hosseinmemar is currently a PhD candidate in computer science program, at University of Manitoba. He received M.Sc. in computer science, B.Sc. (honors) in computer science, and diploma in electronic. He is in third year working with the successful group in Autonomous Agent laboratory (AALab). His research is on active balancing of humanoid robots and push recovery and artificial intelligence under supervision of prof. Jacky Baltes and Co-supervision of prof. John Anderson. He is the leader of the teen size humanoid team. The kid size and teen size robotic teams of the group have won many prices over years.
About IEEE WIE
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. It focuses on inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering.
Our proud sponsor for this event would be the Graduate Student Association of University of Manitoba (UMGSA).
After the technical talk by Ms. Hosseinmemar, He will show couple of athletic robots. Come and see female athletic robots, Jennifer, Clara.
Please register using the link https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/42050 before 21st November.

PES Chapter Luncheon – September 2010

Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Title:

Power System Protection using Transient Signals – Challenges and Potential Solutions

Date:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 12:00 noon.

Location:

Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg

Speaker:

Athula Rajapakse, Ph.D

Abstract:

Traditional protection schemes that use Fourier filters to extract fundamental phasor values of currents and voltages have a dead time of one cycle before a change in a signal can be detected. Transient signals that are generated during the faults can be used to develop faster protection solutions that are not adversely affected by CT saturation, power swings, and changes in system fault levels. Despite these advantages, early concepts such as travelling wave based distance protection have suffered from various problems including the bandwidth limitations of sensors and poor reliability, restricting their practical application. Researchers at the University of Manitoba have investigated how some of these issues can be overcome by exploiting the advancements in signal processing, machine learning techniques, and computing power of digital signal processors. This presentation shares some of the research outcomes with particular focus on high speed transient directional protection of transmission lines. Several new applications such as detection of power islands using transient signals and transient directional protection of distribution feeders with embedded generation will also be briefly discussed.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Athula Rajapakse received the B.Sc. (Eng.) degree from the University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 1990, the M.Eng. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1998. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Manitoba with research interests in power system protection and integration of renewable generation into distribution grids.

Cost and Registration:

  • Cash bar available at Noon.
  • Lunch served at 12:15 PM.
  • Meeting concluded at 1.30 PM.
  • Cost of the meal (payable at the door).

Early Registration (On or before September 17, 2010)

  • IEEE Members – $13.00
  • Non-Members – $17.00

Late Registration (After September 17, 2010)

  • IEEE Members – $15.00
  • Non-Members – $19.00

The IEEE PES Winnipeg Chapter must guarantee a minimum attendance to the hotel, so please take a moment to register early by RSVP to Rae Yang by Friday Noon, 11 June 2010, in one of the following ways:

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