Texas Robotics Research Symposium

Join us for the 2021 Annual Research Symposium, on Friday, October 8th!

Texas Robotics students and faculty will be presenting their latest research in areas of long-term autonomy and human-robot interaction, and will also feature innovative work presented at IROS 2021 as well as at other related robotics conferences around the world.

Industry Guests are invited to attend from 9:30am - 12:10pm CST
Students, Staff, Faculty and Sponsors are invited to attend from 9:30am - 3:30pm CST 

Register for the 2021 Texas Robotics Symposium at:


Symposium Agenda

Friday, October 8, 2021 | 9:30am - 3:30pm CST 

*Industry guests will be invited to attend the morning session


9:30am - 10:00am

Rolling Start for help with Zoom registration and greeting


What Starts Here - Texas Robotics

10:00am - 10:10am

Welcome and Opening Remarks | Peter Stone

10:10am - 10:40am

How to learn to reach, walk, swim and fly in one trial? Well, first, admit that you are not dumb!, Ufuk Topcu | Assoc. Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics | Core Faculty, Texas Robotics

10:40am - 10:50am

Augmenting Reinforcement Learning with Behavior Primitives for Diverse Manipulation Tasks | Soroush Nasiriany

10:50am -11:00am

Correcting Anxious Movements on da Vinci Surgical Robot | Yi Zheng

11:00am - 11:10am

Enabling Intuitive Human-Robot Interaction Through Sonomyography | Kaitlin Rabe

11:10am - 11:20am

Robot Motion Planner for Under-constrained Trajectories with Part-Specific Geometric | Ademola Oridate

11:20am -11:30am

AssistMaestro: A BMI Controlled Hand Exoskeleton | Hussein Alawieh

11:30am - 11:40am

Stable Online Gain Adaptation of Whole-body Control for Legged Robots with Unknown Disturbances | Jaemin Lee

11:40am - 12:10pm

Faculty Research Roundtables 

12:10pm - 12:15pm

5 Minute Break


Second Part of the Program - Industry Partner & UT Guests


12:15pm - 12:45pm

Faculty Talk, Ann Majewicz Fey | Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering | Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering | Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care

12:45pm - 12:55pm

TBD | Keya Ghonasgi

12:55pm - 1:05pm

Leveraging Human Gaze Data to Enhance Robot Learning from Demonstration | Akanksha Saran

1:05pm - 1:15pm

TBD | Yuqian Jiang

1:15pm - 1:25pm

Probabilistic Object Maps for Long-term Robot Localization | Amanda Adkins

1:25pm - 1:35pm

Synergies Between Affordance and Geometry: 6-DoF Grasp Detection via Implicit Representations | Zhenyu Jiang

1:35pm - 1:45pm

TBD | Orion Campbell, Appronik

1:45pm - 3:00pm

Speaker Office Hours | Student Poster Session | Guest Mixer - GatherTown 

*3:00pm -3:30pm

30 Minute Time Buffer


Texas Robotics Portfolio Seminar Series

Held online at 12:30pm every other Tuesday. Please contact Dr. Justin Hart for more information and access to the Seminar. 

UT Calendars for Speakers and Seminars with a robotics component

Talks and events page from the Computer Science Department

Talks and events page from the ECE Department

Seminar announcement page for the AE Department

Student Programs

UT Austin supports many faculty and student driven groups with a passion for robotics. Everyone is encouraged to contact any of the groups below if you are interested in learning more. Or, if your group is not listed here and should be, do not hesitate to contact us.

Robotics and Automation Society

​IEEE Robotics & Automation Society at UT Austin: A student organization building robots since 1997. The group has a large majority of undergraduate students with backgrounds from mechanical, electrical, aerospace engineering and computer science, but all are welcome. RAS aims to help students gain practical multi-disciplinary experience in the lab and demonstrate their abilities at various robotics competitions. Group places a high priority in community outreach and participation in robotic competitions.

ROV competition

The Marine Technology Society was founded in 1963 in order to give members of academia, government and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas in the marine technology area. The society sponsors team(s) that participate in MATE's Annual International ROV Competition.

UVA Team

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team designs and builds unmanned aircraft systems that can fly autonomously. The team has been recognized for their work in an annual competition hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.