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The Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics

& Robot Showcase

FCRAR 2007

 Tampa, Florida

May 31 – June 1, 2007


Past FCRAR Conferences:

FCRAR 2006, FIU, Miami

FCRAR 2005, UF, Gainesville

FCRAR 2004, UCF, Orlando

FCRAR 2003, FAU, Dania Beach

FCRAR 2002, FIU, Miami



Detailed Program

Download the program pamphlet here.

  Thursday, 31 May:


Welcoming Remarks

09:00AM – 09:15AM


Session 1A: Robot Kinematics I

Session Chair – Sabri Tosunoglu, FIU

09:15AM – 10:15AM

  • Robot Arm Manipulator Control for SG5-UT, Hussain Sultan, Eric Schwartz, UF
  • A Metric for Planar Displacements, Venkatesh Venkataramanujam, Pierre Larochelle, FIT
  • Linkage-Based Prosthetic Fingertips: Stability Analysis, Issa A. Ramirez, Craig P. Lusk, USF, Murray E. Maitland, UW


Session 1B: Robot Kinematics II

Session Chair – Alexander Leonessa, UCF

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Kinematic Analysis of a Planar Tensegrity Mechanism, Jahan Bayat, Carl D. Crane III, UF
  • Evaluating the Fault Tolerance of a Parallel Manipulator Based on Relative Manipulability Indices, Hyun Geun Yu and Rodney G. Roberts, FSU-FAMU
  • Control of a 9-DoF Wheelchair-Mounted Robotic Arm System, Redwan Alqasemi, Rajiv Dubey, USF


Robot Show Presentations

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Dancing with Technology: The Interplay of Form and Motion ( A performance by a group of dancers using robotic devices, including people with disabilities)
  • Short 3-minute presentations and demos of various projects in the showcase



12:00 PM – 01:00 PM


Plenary Session 1

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

  • Development of an Autonomous Vehicle System for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge Event, Carl Crane, UF


Session 2A: Robot Design I

Session Chair – Pierre Larochelle, FIT

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

  • Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of a Microgripper Device, Jose A. Martinez, Roberto R. Panepucci, FIU
  • Proposed Design of a Triped Robot, Daniel Kamerling, Pierre Larochelle, FIT
  • A Double Claw Robotic End-Effector Design, Redwan Alqasemi, Sebastian Mahler, Rajiv Dubey, USF


Session 2B: Robot Design II

Session Chair – Redwan Alqasemi, USF

03:15 PM – 04:15 PM

  • TYROL: Evolution of a 10-Axis Biped Robot, Vishnu Madadi, Sabri Tosunoglu, FIU
  • Xanthus: Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robot, Adrian Arbide, Vishnu Madadi, Sabri Tosunoglu, FIU
  • Implementation of a Prototype Hybrid Golf Cart, Max Saelzer, Roger Messenger, Ali Zilouchian and Amir Abtahi, FAU


Lab Tours*

04:30 PM – 06:30 PM

  • Rehabilitation Robotics Lab
  • NNRC lab
  • Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue Lab


Conference Dinner

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM


  Friday, 1 June:


Session 3A: Robot Control/Sensors I

Session Chair – Carl Crane, UF

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM

  • Using the Wave Variable Method for a Human-Machine Haptic Interface in the Presence of Time Delay, Marc Alise, Rodney G. Roberts, Daniel W. Repperger, FSU-FAMU
  • Adaptive Control for Nonlinear Uncertain Systems with Actuator Amplitude and Rate Saturation Constraints, Alexander Leonessa, Yannick Morel, UCF
  • A Multithreaded Implementation of Assist Functions to Control a Virtual Reality Model of a 6-DoF Robot Arm for Rehabilitation Applications, Eduardo J. Veras, Ramya Swaminathan, Rajiv Dubey, USF


Session 3B: Robot Control/Sensors II

Session Chair – Alfredo Weitzenfeld, USF

09:45 AM – 10:45 AM

  • Position Tracking Performance of a Redundant Teleoperation System, Mehmet Ismet Can Dede, Sabri Tosunoglu, FIU
  • Multi Robot Systems: The EagleKnights/RoboBulls Small-Size League RoboCup Architecture, Alfredo Weitzenfeld, USF
  • Determination of Impact Force and Crush Energy Using Abductive Networks, Oren Masory, FAU, Nicolas Putod, IFMA


Robot Show Presentations

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

  • Dancing with Technology: The Interplay of Form and Motion
  • Short 3-minute presentations and demos of various projects in the showcase


Plenary Session 2

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Biologically-Inspired Robotics: Learning from Nature, Alfredo Weitzenfeld, USF


Awards and Closing

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM


Boxed Lunch

12:30 PM



* Lab tours are available for a limited number of attendees, please sign up at the registration desk when you arrive at the conference.



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