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U495F·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Machine Learning-Driven Robot Motion Design and Implementation in a Web-Based Mechanism Design Software
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Sun. June 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 333, Baltimore Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
This workshop will introduce attendees to a new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded computational framework for mechanism and robot motion design. The computational framework brings together machine learning with machine design to solve motion generation and path synthesis problems for mechanism design.
This work was funded by a SUNY Innovation in Instruction and Technology (IITG) award and a SUNY Research Foundation Technology Accelerator Fund award, and was subsequently funded by the NSF through three separate awards.
The session will be of interest to professors teaching engineering design, kinematics, robotics, and mechatronics. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in these subjects, and industry practitioners looking to rapidly prototype their motion ideas, also will benefit from this workshop.
Attendees will get hands-on exposure to MotionGen Pro, a web-based motion design software tool, and SnappyXO Design, a robot hardware, both developed at Stony Brook University. The hardware serves as a reference hardware and the software allows for exporting robot part geometry for laser-cutting or 3D printing.
Attendees will receive a special robot kit at no cost.

  1. Dr. Anurag Purwar
    Stony Brook University

    Dr. Anurag Purwar is an award-winning professor, researcher, TEDx speaker, and inventor of several technologies, some of which are available as products in the market. He has received several best paper and outstanding research awards, excellence in teaching awards, and the top 100 design awards for his inventions. He received the SUNY FACT2 award, two SUNY Research Foundation Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) awards, A.T. Yang award for Theoretical Kinematics, and Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2021 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Distinguished Teaching award.
    Dr. Purwar has led more than 125 technical projects in mechanisms and robotics, wave-, and wind-energy harvesting, physical therapy and rehabilitation devices, aircraft components, and consumer products design, with a cumulative in-cash funding of $6.1M supported by National Science Foundation, industry, NY-state SPIR, NY-state Center for Biotechnology, Sensor-CAT, SUNY Research Foundation, and SUNY Office of Provost. More than 175 students have been supported on these projects. Dr. Purwar’s current research focuses on bringing together rigid body kinematics with machine learning for design of robotic systems. He has published 77 pee-reviewed papers
    Dr. Purwar is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University and the Co-founder of Mechanismic Inc, a technology startup bringing his educational robotics invention to the market. He is currently an Associate Editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering and of International Journal of Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines and has served as the Conference and Program chair for several ASME international conferences. He is an elected member of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Executive Committee and a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) by Stony Brook University Chapter.