Faculty and other researchers in Computer Science and Engineering are invited to participate in a robotics forum on October 10 organized by the Jacobs School of Engineering. The first Contextual Robotics Technologies International Forum will feature eight headliners who are world leaders in robotics disciplines that are relevant for the coming era of ubiquitous consumer robotics. Medicine, agriculture, environmental monitoring and disaster response are some of the areas of modern society that ubiquitous consumer robotics is poised to disrupt. "We organized this forum to bring world-class robotics thought leaders together before an audience of Southern California technologists and entrepreneurs with an interest in robotics,” said Jacobs School Dean Albert P. Pisano. “We are dedicated to building and nurturing a robust robotics ecosystem here in San Diego. This means working to help build and sustain collaborations and partnerships among many different players in industry, academia, the military, entrepreneurial communities, and more generally, the region’s public and private sectors.” What does "contextual robotics" mean? The term highlights how the context must be addressed if technologists and society at large are to realize the potential of ubiquitous consumer robotics for the public good. This entails developing robotics systems that are able to determine the context of a situation involving humans, determine a course of subsequent action and then accomplish that action. Contextual robotics systems will likely integrate mobile platforms empowered with sense, machine learning, adaptive control, communications and locomotion functions, and, on occasion, collaborative robots working toward a common goal.
In addition to introductions by Dean Pisano, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla (who has a partial faculty appointment in CSE) and Ramesh Rao (director of the Qualcomm Institute, a co-sponsor of the forum), the forum will showcase some of the top minds in robotics. They include University of Pennsylvania professor Vijay Kumar on "Robot Swarms", 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson on "Airborne Big Data", MIT professor Daniela Rus speaking about "Printable Robots", and the chief technology officer of Rethink Robotics, Rodney Brooks, who will talk about mobility, manipulations and messiness -- the three major challenges in robotics research. Other speakers include Brad Nelson of ETH-Zurich on "MicroRobotics and NanoMedicine", Qualcomm CTO Matt Grob on "Smartphone-powered Robots", DARPA robotics program manager Gill Pratt, and Dean Kamen, founder of DEKA Research and the FIRST robotics competitions as well as the Segway. Kamen will talk about creating and forming future technology leaders. The Contextual Robotics Forum begins at 8:30am on October 10 and ends at 5pm. Registration is required.
Learn more and register at the forum website.