My Journey in Robotics: From Academia to Industry Research to Startup
Scott Lab E001
Seminar Speaker: Katsu Yamane, Path Robotics
Abstract: In this two-part talk, I will first give an overview of my professional career with emphasis on how my research evolved across different R&D environments including academia, multiple industry research labs, and a startup. Specifically, I will use two research topics (human-to-robot motion retargeting and physical human-robot interaction) to demonstrate how I adapted my personal research interest to fit the cultures and applications at different organizations. The second half of the talk introduces my current company Path Robotics which specializes in robotic systems for welding and assembly. After a brief description of our company and products, I will present some of the advanced techniques used in our weld planning pipeline such as clearance planning and singularity-robust inverse kinematics.
Bio: Dr. Katsu Yamane is a Principal Research Scientist at Path Robotics Inc., a Columbus-based startup specialized in robotics systems for welding and assembly. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, 1999, and 2002 respectively from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining Path in 2022, he held research scientist positions at Bosch Research, Honda Research Institute USA, and Disney Research, Pittsburgh. He was also an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo and a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Yamane received a King-Sun Fu Best Transactions Paper Award and an Early Academic Career Award from IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and a Young Scientist Award from the Ministry of Education, Japan. His research interests include manipulation, physical human-robot interaction, humanoid robot control and motion synthesis, and human motion simulation.