Upcoming Events

Friday, July 31, 2020, 2 p.m.

Check later for the virtual Zoom link.

MnRI Seminar: Suma Jacob

More information on this seminar will be available soon.

Past Events

Friday, July 10, 2020, 2 p.m.

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MnRI Seminar: Ognjen Ilic

Opto-mechanics: A vision of long-range manipulation enabled by subwavelength metamaterials and metasurfaces

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Friday, June 26, 2020, 2 p.m.

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MnRI Seminar: Hyun Soo Park

Neural Human Geometry: Reconstructing Humans from a Single Image

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Friday, June 12, 2020, 2 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Link

MnRI Seminar: Yasin Yazıcıoğlu

"Distributed Learning for Optimal Planning in Persistent Cooperative Missions" with Yasin Yazıcıoğlu

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:20 p.m.

Zoom meeting:


AEM Solid Mechanics Research Seminar — April 21

The Solid Mechanics Research Seminar is a tradition in the AEM department going back to the mid-1980s. This is an informal seminar where the talks are often given on the board (although slides are fine). The speaker reports on some new and interesting topic related to solid mechanics in some depth and the audience is strongly encouraged to ask questions.

Mr. Jiacheng Yuan (PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mr. K. Selim Engin (PhD candidate in Computer Science & Engineering), University of Minnesota (Isler group) will present "Reinforcement learning for robotic manipulation and active target localization." View the AEM website for full information about the event and how to log into the Zoom call.

Friday, April 3, 2020, 2 p.m.

164 Shepherd Laboratories

MnRI Speaker Series: Kevin Lynch

This event has been suspended until further notice. More information coming soon.

You can find out more about Kevin Lynch on his Northwestern robotics website.

Friday, March 27, 2020, 2 p.m.

164 Shepherd Labs

MnRI Speaker Series: Professor Yan Luo

This event has been suspended until further notice. More information coming soon.

Friday, March 20, 2020, 11 a.m.

Remote Zoom Meeting

LCCMR Funding Overview with Prof. David Mulla

The LCCMR makes funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). Professor David Mulla broke down how to navigate through the application process, the type of research that the LCCMR is seeking, and much more.

See Professor David Mulla's breakdown of this type of funding and best practices for application here.

Friday, March 6, 2020, 2 p.m.

164 Shepherd Labs 

MnRI Speakers Series: Professor Eakta Jain

Rapid advances in graphics and virtual reality are bringing us to the cusp of hyper-realistic digital virtual avatars. A key component in creating compelling virtual avatars is the level of detail in the eyes. Built-in eye trackers offer technologists ample opportunity to image the user’s eyes. Though this information provides us with the data needed to cross the uncanny valley, collecting such data at scale creates a hidden cost for the user: security and privacy vulnerabilities. In this talk, I will discuss our work on creating avatar eyes, demonstrate a key vulnerability in eye tracking, and present technological solutions that trade-off security considerations with avatar realism.
Eakta Jain is an Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. and MS degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.Tech. degree from IIT Kanpur. She has worked in industrial research at Texas Instruments R&D labs, Disney Research Pittsburgh, and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Her research group at the University of Florida is funded through faculty research awards from Facebook/Oculus and Google/YouTube, federal funding from the National Science Foundation, and state funding from the Florida Department of Transportation.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 8:30 a.m. through Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota


2020 Annual Research Ethics Day Conference

The Power and Perils of Research Data: Generating, Storing & Sharing Data Responsibly

Join us for the fifth annual University of Minnesota Research Ethics Day. The conference will close with a panel of community and local experts speaking about data and information management, the challenges of responsibly using big data, ethical use of data in health-related research including consent, confidentiality, and sensitivity to participant concerns. This final panel will include MnRI faculty Vipin Kumar!

View more information or register on the Research Ethics Day Conference website.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, 2 p.m.

164 Shepherd Laboratories

Speaker Series: Greg Appelhof

Join us to welcome entrepreneur Greg Appelhof, who will present AIR PIX, the small drone that can take HD photo and video selfies and share them instantly with friends. Learn more about the different challenges from take off, autonomous flight and landing to face finding, focusing and sharp image capturing, and process balancing between the drone and the phone. 

Greg is the founder and CEO of SPRING, and works with AirSelfie, Inc. to develop this technology.