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32. PIS - Růžena Bajcsy: Personalized model of kinematics and dynamics of physical activities

18 Jan 2018   16:00-18:00


Low physical agility and sedentary lifestyle can cause serious health problems, even with the younger population. It is equally obvious that every human’s anatomy and physiology is different. We are therefore developing personalized models of kinematics and dynamics of an individual during physical activities, using system identification methodology. This has been facilitated by the development of various noninvasive and relatively affordable sensors for measuring position, velocity, acceleration, forces, electric signals, blood oxygenation etc. We are using advanced computational tools from the fields of robotics, control theory, and optimization theory.

Our particular experimental paradigm is based on the sit-to-stand exercise. We process all the measurements, interpret them, and generate individual predictive models of the physical performance of the individual. Finally, we design interventions, i.e. assistive devices to help the individual function better in daily activities. The validity of our approach and its predictive performance was tested on a group of subjects from the UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Medical School.


Prof. Růžena Bajcsy earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Slovak Technical University in 1957 and 1967, and an additional Ph.D. in computer science in 1972 from Stanford University, with a thesis 'Computer Identification of Textured Visual Scenes', advised by John McCarthy. She was a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the founding Director of the University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, and a member of the Neurosciences Institute in the School of Medicine. Currently she is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also Director Emerita of CITRIS (the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society). She was a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine. She has received a an honorary doctorate from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, the University of Pennsylvania and KTH in Sweden, the Allen Newell Award, the ACM Distinguished Service Award, the ACM Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, the Award for Technical Leadership from the Anita Borg Institute, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Award.


The seminar will take place on the 4th Thursday of each month at 4:00pm (except June, July, August and December) alternately in the buildings of Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Karlovo nám. 13, Praha 2 and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Malostranské nám. 25, Praha 1.

Its program will consist of a one-hour lecture followed by a discussion. The lecture should be based on an (internationally) exceptional or remarkable achievement of the lecturer, presented in a way which is comprehensible and interesting to a broad computer science community. The lectures will be in English.
The seminar framework was laid out by the preparatory committee consisting of Michal Chytil (Czech Academy of Sciences, Computer Science Institute), Pavel Kordík (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Information Technologies), Jan Kybic (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Michal Pěchouček Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Jiří Sgall (Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics), Vojtěch Svátek (University of Economics, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics), Michal Šorel (Czech Academy of Sciences,Institute of Information Theory and Automation), and Filip Železný (Czech Tech. Univ., Faculty of Electrical Engineering)

The idea to organize this seminar emerged in discussions of the representatives of several research institutes on how to avoid the undesired fragmentation of the Czech computer science community.

KN:E-301 (Šrámkova posluchárna), FEL, budova E, Karlovo nám. 13, Praha 2
Přípravný výbor PIS
Contact person
Aneta Klaudis, klaudane@fel.cvut.cz, 224 35 7667
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