During Fall 2013, Stephen Warren, a mechanical engineering senior, presented his paper at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Palo Alto, California.
“My paper was on the control of a robotic arm configuration to allow for bi-manual manipulation with humans,” Stephen says. “I had a 20 minute block to present the main ideas behind my research and answer any questions from the audience.”
Stephen has been working on his research project, “Bio-inspired Robot Control for Human Robot Bi-Manual Manipulation,” with his mentor, Panagiotis Artemiadis, assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE).
Throughout the conference, Stephen met others in similar fields for robotics and explored the Stanford campus.
“It was a great experience to present my work to other well-respected researchers in the field,” he says. “It has given me confidence in my work and presentation skills.”
Students can hone their presentation skills by discussing their research before going to conferences.
“Practice your presentation several times in front of an unfamiliar audience who also does not work on similar topics to make sure it is understandable to novices in the field,” Stephen says.
His trip was funded by the FURI Travel Grant. If students receive funding for conference presentations, he advises them to “Keep receipts!”