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Seminar: Programmable Environments with Distributed Swarm Robots

Ryo Suzuki

PhD Candidate, University of Colorodo Boulder

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
(Zoom Only)


Robots will soon increasingly enter our everyday life and seamlessly blend themselves into the living environment. These robots promise to make our environments more adaptive and programmable, in the same way, ubiquitous computers did in the last decades --- beyond programmable heating, lighting, and air-conditioning, it will soon be possible to programmatically control physical objects and surrounding environments by reconfiguring and actuating them. In this talk, I illustrate this potential future enabled by distributed swarm robots at various scales (from mm- to m-scale). The custom-built swarm robots can be easily deployed to the existing environments and calmly support our everyday life through dynamically and collectively actuating objects, constructing a shape, and reconfiguring physical environments in a programmable fashion. This talk outlines the design space of these robots, and demonstrates a range of applications from a context-aware assistant to an interactive tangible and haptic interface to illustrate how ubiquitous robots can be a means of the future of human-computer interaction.


Ryo Suzuki ( is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is advised by Daniel Leithinger and Mark Gross. His research interest lies at the intersection between Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and robotics, specifically focusing on the design and development of novel tangible user interfaces with the interactive swarm and soft robots. During his PhD, he has published thirteen peer-reviewed conference papers at top HCI venues, such as CHI, UIST, DIS, and ASSETS, and received one best paper. Previously he also worked as research interns at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Tokyo, and Adobe Research. He is also a recipient of the JST ACT-I Funding, the Seed of Disruptive Innovation Award, and the Nakajima Foundation Scholarship in Japan.