Human-Robot Teaming in Aircraft Maintenance. Credit: Lufthansa Technik AG

Seminar Series

The Wisconsin Robotics Seminar Series (WRSS) is a monthly event hosted by Prof. Bilge Mutlu from the department of computer science at UW-Madison as part of the NASA University Leadership Initiative funded project “Effective Human-Robot Teaming to Advance Aviation Manufacturing”. The presentations and discussions are aimed to highlight challenges and interesting research across a range of topics in robotics. Anyone is welcome to join!


The seminar is hosted on the first Wednesday of every month at 1pm CT for one hour. The format is a 45 minute talk followed by a 15 minute discussion.


The seminar is live-streamed on zoom. You can join our email subscription list to hear about upcoming talks and get the streaming link. Previous talks are available here.


We are interested in having a wide range of speakers. If you might be interested in giving a talk, please email Mike Hagenow (mhagenow[at] and Nitzan Orr (nitzan[at] with subject ‘[Seminar Series]’.

Upcoming Talks

  • December 7, 2022: Dr. Boyi Hu (Zoom link)

    Title: Ergonomics in Robotic-Assisted Emerging Occupational Tasks: Three Examples


    Traditionally, occupational tasks can be labor intensive, and represents multiple safety threat to workers. To reduce safety risk and enhance working efficiency, collaborative robots (cobots) might be a viable option. However, emerging working environments and unprecedented collaboration mode may create new safety hazards need to be systematically evaluated. The major objective of this talk is to share my research on the ergonomic effects of working with a cobot during three emerging occupational settings: re/manufacturing, indoor precision agriculture, and smart retail. Results from these studies could advance the knowledge of how human workers wound behave and react during human-robot collaborative tasks, and shed light on the design of better HRC for those specific contexts.


    Dr. Boyi Hu serves as an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Florida since 2018 Fall. His research background includes mechanical engineering, robotics, human-robot interaction (HRI), human factors and ergonomics. He has published numerous papers on human factors and ergonomics, machine learning, and robotics. As a member of the engineering faculty at the University of Florida Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, he investigated HRI, Human System Safety, and human motion prediction. The primary outcome of much of his research is the prevention of injuries and promote system productivity. His research study designs are both observational/descriptive and experimental, based in both the laboratory and the real environment.

  • Past Talks (All recordings here)

    • November 2, 2022: Dr. Marynel Vázquez (recording)
    • October 5, 2022: Dr. Kris Hauser (recording)
    • May 6, 2022: Dr. Blake Hannaford (recording)
    • April 1, 2022: Dr. Jeremy Marvel
    • February 4, 2022: Dr. Freek Stulp
    • December 3, 2021: Dr. Arash Ajoudani
    • November 5, 2021: Dr. Tom Williams (recording)
    • October 1, 2021: Dr. Josiah Hanna (recording)
    • June 2, 2021: Dr. Bradley Hayes (recording)
    • May 5, 2021: Dr. Sylvain Calinon (recording)
    • April 7, 2021: Dr. Santosh Devasia
    • March 3, 2021: Dr. S.K. Gupta