Lab News 2016-17

July 28, 2017

CHARM hosts the mechanical engineering research lab (MERL) barbecue. Around one hundred hungry mechanical engineering students were fed. Smiles all around.

July 19, 2017

Our Science Robotics paper, "A soft robot that navigates its environment through growth", has garnered a lot of interest from academics, industry, and media. Stanford news summarized the new type of robot here.

July 10-15, 2017

Allison and Tania attended the 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'17), where Allison gave a keynote talk and Tania presented her work on patient-specific concentric tube robots. In addition to the conference, we enjoyed some outdoors adventures and met up with collaborator Marius Linguraru.

June 26-28, 2017

Lab retreat at Lake Tahoe!

June 6-9, 2017

CHARM goes to the World Haptics Conference! Attendees are Allison Okamura (who gave a keynote talk), Heather Culbertson, Melisa Orta Martinez, Jake Suchoski, Margaret Coad, Matthew Gilbertson, and former CHARM student Nick Colonnese.

May 29-June 2, 2017

CHARM goes to ICRA! Attendees are Allison Okamura, Giada Gerboni, Tania Morimoto, Joey Greer, Margaret Koehler, Cole Simpson, Laura Blumenschein, and Michael Raitor.

May 19, 2017

CHARM Lab member Margaret Koehler and rotator Jackie Yang presented at MECON, a half-day scientific conference highlighting student research activities in Stanford's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Those who didn't present enjoyed the presentations, food, and company!

April 24, 2017

Tania Morimoto successfully defended her PhD today. The pictures below show Tania speaking at the defense and celebrating with her family afterwards. Congratulations!

April 3, 2017

Allison was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, which honors scholars to have achieved "marked distinction in their careers since spending formative years at Hopkins." Allison was an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor at Johns Hopkins from 2000-2011.

March 18, 2017

Two CHARM babies were born this quarter! Baby Owen came first (for Nathan and his family), followed quickly by Baby Tsubaki (For Yasu and his family). As you can see, they are already (very cute) Stanford fans.

March 17, 2017

CHARM Lab PhD student Cara Welker, undergraduate Michael Raitor, and rotator Jackie Yang won NSF Fellowships. Michael was also awarded a Fulbright for study in Australia. Congratulations to all!!

March 16, 2017

Sam Schorr successfully defended his PhD today. In May he will start a position at Intuitive Surgical. The pictures below show Sam speaking to a standing-room-only crowd and celebrating with champagne afterwards. Congratulations!

February 17, 2017

Sam Schorr will receive a CHI Best Paper Award for his paper "Fingertip tactile devices for virtual object manipulation and exploration".

February 9, 2017

Stanford has launched the Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR). At the first annual meeting, Allison spoke about wearable haptics, and Jake Suchoski and Julie Walker presented posters.

February 7, 2017

CHARM Lab undergraduate researcher Michael Raitor received the Dean's Award for Academic Achievement, offered to only 9 students in the entire Stanford School of Engineering. Michael's accomplishments include teaching his own class and a first-authored paper at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Congratulations, Michael!

January 16-20, 2017

Allison attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to talk about Haptics, Human-machine interfaces, and Virtual and Augmented Reality. In addition to other talks, she presented at a session on "Reinventing the Senses with Stanford University" along with Jamie Henderson and E. J. Chichilnisky. Photos can be found here and here.

December 8, 2016

CHARM Holiday Dinner + baby shower for Nathan's and Yasu's families. Happy holidays everyone and congratulations to the expecting parents!

December 6, 2016

Our research is featured in the inaugural issue of Science Robotics. The paper is from a collaborative project that former postdoc Ilana Nisky and Allison Okamura did with Chris Gerdes's group. It's a unique take on the study of human motor learning/adaptation, examining handover from an autonomous vehicle to a human driver. Here is the press release.

October 1, 2016

We released a new edition of the Springer Handbook of Robotics. Stanford people involved include Editor Oussama Khatib and Chapter authors Mark Cutkosky, David Lentink, Anna Petrovskaya, Victor Scheinman, Amanda Stowers, and Allison Okamura. All the authors are featured in a handbook video.

September 18, 2016

CHARMers made the trek to a stretch of the Russian River in Forestville, CA for a combination of lab bonding and post-ICRA deadline decompression. It was epic.