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Best Paper to give robots more planning foresightThe new framework provides a means to help robots plan while faced with different sources of uncertainty.
Best paper award for a robot that can see and move transparent objects
A new method enables robot arms to build a tower of champagne glasses.
Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for new robotics course that focuses on equitable education
An interdisciplinary team of faculty created a new introductory course in robotics that is designed for inclusivity by focusing on linear algebra instead of AP calculus, opening it up to freshman students with a broad mathematical background.
ASEE Prism: February 5, 2021
Solving for EquityProfs. Jessy Grizzle and Chad Jenkins, the director and associate director of the Robotics Institute, are developing a robotics engineering degree that launches freshmen with computational linear algebra in a projects-based course. Their goal is to increase student access, engagement, and success along with overall equity.
‘Solving for equity’: A Michigan Robotics course flips the script on engineering ed
ASEE Prism magazine explores how linear algebra could level the playing field.
Chad Jenkins named Fellow of AAAI
Jenkins is a prolific researcher in human-robot interaction and a leader in ensuring robotics and AI are accessible to everyone.
New York Times: November 23, 2020
Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than We Are?A.I. developers are committing to end the injustices in how their technology is often made and used. Prof. Chad Jenkins is one of the researchers featured in this article.
CAAI: November 5, 2020
PROGRESS Out of the BlueProf. Chad Jenkins was interviewed on the AI with AI podcast, discussing everything from movement primitives to AI research culture.
Student NASA award supports work on more dexterous, collaborative space robots
PhD student Emily Sheetz is working to design more dexterous robots to work alongside humans in space.
The Wall Street Journal: August 24, 2020
Covid-19 Is Dividing the American WorkerProf. Chad Jenkins talks with Wall Street Journal about the looming effects of automation in the midst of this pandemic.
VentureBeat: August 9, 2020
Before we put $100 billion into AI…An op-ed on developing artificial intelligence to serve the common good by Chad Jenkins.
EECS Juneteenth celebration features song, readings, and a proposal for change
In observance of the holiday that marks the end of chattel slavery, faculty, students, and alumni performed music, shared personal stories, and presented a proposal to the EECS chairs for initiatives to enhance diversity and equity and realize systemic equality in the department.
Technology that serves all: a single step could pave the way
A Q&A with Chad Jenkins.
Model helps robots think more like humans when searching for objects
The model is a practical method for robots to look for target items in complex, realistic environments.
Black computer scientists, including U-M professors, call to dismantle racism in the field
Signers raise the alarm on interpersonal and institutional racism as well as racial bias occurring from improper development and use of computing technology.
Members of CSE earn four MLK Spirit Awards
For “exemplifying the leadership and vision of Dr. King,” four CSE students and faculty were honored as part of U-M’s annual MLK symposium.
Chad Jenkins named Fellow of the AAAS
Jenkins was recognized for his work on human-robot interaction and methods that enable robots to learn human skills.
Diversity in Action Magazine: October 18, 2019
Jana Pavlasek – PhD Student in RoboticsPhD student in Prof. Chad Jenkins’ lab is profiled.
A quicker eye for robotics to help in cluttered environments
New algorithm can help robots go from structured environments like factories to complex, unstructured places like our homes.
Chad Jenkins named new council member for CRA Computing Community Consortium
Jenkins has been appointed as one of seven new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, which is affiliated with the Computing Research Association (CRA). His term begins July 1.
Michigan CS makes waves at Tapia 2018
Eight students from CSE traveled to the conference this year, marking a new highpoint in attendance.
Prof. Chad Jenkins Receives CoE Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award
The award recognizes his significant and consequential contributions in service to the academy and his professional communities.
ACM to publish leading journal of human-robot interaction; Chad Jenkins serves as editor-in-chief
Jenkins hopes to cultivate new and leading-edge ideas in both robotics and the human-centered sciences.
For Black History Month, CSE Spotlights Faculty and Alumni in AcademiaIn this article, we profile three CSE faculty and three of our alumni.
Chad Jenkins receives NSF National Robotics Initiative Grant to improve robotic control in cluttered environments
This project aims to improve goal-directed dexterous robotic manipulation in cluttered and unstructured environments.
EECS research highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference
The University hosted the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which allowed attendees to hear about the latest in robotics through talks, presentations, workshops, and tutorials.
Eleven New Faculty Join CSE
We’re building a bigger, better CSE.