M.A.Sc. Candidate
University of Calgary, 2011, B.Sc. (Physics), First

In my former life I was a physicist studying quantum information theory and auroral arc formations. Then I decided that robots were more fun.

Now I’m studying two-handed motion planning. My goal is to enable a robot to fluently coordinate the motion of both arms to accomplish difficult two-handed tasks.

Research Description

Two-handed motion planning


A. Moon, D. Troniak, B. Gleeson, M. Pan, M. Zheng, B. Blumer, K. MacLean, E. Croft. “Meet Me where I’m Gazing: How Shared Attention Gaze Affects Human-Robot Handover Timing”. Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. pp. 334-341. 2014.

B. Blumer, M. Underwood, D.L. Feder. “Single-qubit unitary gates by graph scattering”. Phys. Rev. A 84, 062302. 2011.

Benjamin Blumer, David Feder. Oral presentation: “Quantum Computation Using Quantum Walks on Graphs: An Exploration of Useful Graphs”. Undergraduate Pacific Physics and Astronomy Conference. Vancouver, Canada. 2011.

Benjamin Blumer, David Feder. Oral presentation: “The Numerical Computation of Single-Qubit Gates Implementable Through Quantum Walks on Graphs”. Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference. Halifax, Canada. 2010.

Benjamin Blumer, David Feder. Poster presentation: “Quantum Computation Through Quantum Walks”. University of Calgary Undergraduate Research Symposium. Calgary, Canada. 2010.



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