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  • December 18, 2020: Paper Published in IJRR: “A Model Predictive Approach for Online Mobile Manipulation of Nonholonomic Objects using Learned Dynamics”; Roya Sabbagh Novin, Amir Yazdani, Andrew Merryweather and Tucker Hermans. PDF
  • December 4, 2020: Roya successfully defended her PhD! Congratulations Dr. Sabbagh Novin!
  • November 12, 2020: Paper Accepted to International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems (ICORES) 2021: “Optimizing Hospital Room Layout to Reduce the Risk of Patient Falls”; Sarvenaz Chaeibakhsh, Roya Sabbagh Novin, Tucker Hermans, Andrew Merryweather, and Alan Kuntz. [pdf coming soon!]
  • November 5, 2020: Tucker presented at the iCub Robotics Seminar at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).
  • October 26, 2020: Paper Accepted to PLOS ONE: “Replicating dynamic humerus motion using an industrial robot”; Klevis Aliaj, Gentry Feeney, Balakumar Sundaralingam, Tucker Hermans, K. Bo Foremen, Kent N Bachus, Heath B. Henninger. [pdf coming soon!]
  • October 21, 2020: Paper Accepted to IEEE Transactions on Robotics: “In-Hand Object-Dynamics Inference using Tactile Fingertips”; Balakumar Sundaralingam and Tucker Hermans preprint.
  • October 19, 2020: College of Engineering story on Roya's fall risk work.
  • Aug 28, 2020: Paper Accepted to Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD): “Development of a Novel Computational Model for Evaluating Fall Risk in Patient Room Design”; Roya Sabbagh Novin, Ellen Taylor, Tucker Hermans, Andrew Merryweather. PDF
  • Aug 6, 2020: Michael Bentley won a 2020 DDS&T Excellence in Publication Award in the Student Category for the work on the FLiT system he did at LLNL! Congratulations Mike!
  • July 29, 2020: Tucker gave a talk titled “Can common sense guide autonomous robot learning and exploration?” at the CogSci 2020 workshop on the Origins of Commonsense. video
  • June 30, 2020: Paper accepted to IROS 2020: “Multi-Fingered Active Grasp Learning”; Qingkai Lu, Mark Van der Merwe, and Tucker Hermans. preprint
  • June 29, 2020: Paper conditionally accepted to TRO: “In-Hand Object-Dynamics Inference using Tactile Fingertips”; Balakumar Sundaralingam and Tucker Hermans. preprint
  • June 10, 2020: Paper Accepted to ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC): “Autonomous Light Assessment Drone for Dark Skies Studies”; Matthew N. Goodell, Takara E. Truong, Stephanie R. Marston, Brett J. Smiley, Elliot R. Befus, Alex Bingham, Kent Allen, Joseph R. Bourne, Yi Wei, Kate E. Magargal, Vellachi Ganesan, Daniel L. Mendoza, Anil C. Seth, Stacy A. Harwood, Marc Bodson, Tucker Hermans and Kam K. Leang
  • May 28, 2020: Tucker presented at the UCSD Robotics Seminar.
  • April 16, 2020: Qingkai successfully defended his PhD! Congratulations Dr. Lu!
  • April 13, 2020: Our improved BioTac force estimation model is now public: repo
  • March 31, 2020: Mark Van der Merwe received an NSF GRFP Award!
  • March 23, 2020: Bala successfully defended his PhD! Congratulations Dr. Sundaralingam!
  • March 14, 2020: Paper Accepted to IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering: Katharin Jensen-Nau, Tucker Hermans, and Kam K. Leang. “Near-Optimal Area-Coverage Path Planning of Energy Constrained Aerial Robots with Application in Autonomous Environmental Monitoring.”
  • February 20, 2020: Paper Accepted to IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine: “Multi-Fingered Grasp Planning via Inference in Deep Neural Networks”; Qingkai Lu, Mark Van der Merwe, Balakumar Sundaralingam, and Tucker Hermans. arxiv/pdf
  • January 24, 2020: Tucker presented at the University of Michigan Robotics Seminar. video
  • January 22, 2020: Paper Accepted to ICRA 2020, "Learning Continuous 3D Reconstructions for Geometrically Aware Grasping"; Mark Van der Merwe, Qingkai Lu, Balakumar Sundaralingam, Martin Matak, and Tucker Hermans. arxiv/pdf



  • December 17, 2018: Tucker gave a talk at NVIDIA Research, Seattle entitled “Improving Multi-fingered Robot Manipulation by Unifying Learning and Planning”
  • June 29, 2018: Paper accepted to IROS 2018 “Dynamics Model Learning and Manipulation Planning for Objects in Hospitals using a Patient Assistant Mobile (PAM) Robot”; Roya Sabbagh Novin, Amir Yazdani, Tucker Hermans, and Andrew Merryweather. PDF
  • May 22, 2018: Paper accepted to Autonomous Robots “Relaxed-Rigidity Constraints: Kinematic Trajectory Optimization and Collision Avoidance for In-Grasp Manipulation”; Balakumar Sundaralingam and Tucker Hermans. PDF; Publisher's Site.
  • May, 2018: Matthew Wilson received a UROP scholarship to work on his project “Learning Tactile Feedback Policies with Guided Policy Search for Robotic Manipulation”.
  • April 23, 2018: Paper accepted to IEEE Transactions on Haptics “Grip Stabilization of Novel Objects using Slip Prediction.”; Filipe Veiga, Jan Peters, and Tucker Hermans. PDF; Publisher's page.
  • April 10, 2018: Tucker presented a talk following a screening of AlphaGo at the Salt Lake City Public library. Details available at the Natural History Museum of Utah website.
  • January 11, 2018: Paper accepted to ICRA 2018 “Geometric In-Hand Regrasp Planning: Alternating Optimization of Finger Gaits and In-Grasp Manipulation.” Balakumar Sundaralingam, and Tucker Hermans. PDF



  • 10/12/2016: Tucker visited Idaho National Laboratory to view robots being used for handling of nuclear material at the DOE research facility; Host: Tony Crawford
  • 08/7–08/09/2016: Tucker attended the New Computer Science Faculty Teaching Workshop at UCSD
  • 07/01/2016: Paper accepted (Oral) to IROS 2016: “Active Tactile Object Exploration with Gaussian Processes.” Zhengkun Yi, Roberto Calandra, Herke van Hoof, Filipe Veiga, Tucker Hermans, Yilei Zhang, and Jan Peters.
  • 01/11/2016: Tucker gave a Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar Talk at BYU on Visual and Tactile Learning for Manipulation


  • 11/03–11/05 2015: Tucker attended Humanoids 2015 in Seoul, Korea and presented two papers:
    • “Learning Robot In-Hand Manipulation with Tactile Features,” Herke van Hoof, Tucker Hermans, Gerhard Neumann, and Jan Peters
    • “Evaluation of Tactile Feature Extraction for Interactive Object Recognition,” Janine Hölscher, Jan Peters, and Tucker Hermans (ORAL)
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