Free workshop: September 16, 2005, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

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Learn about the current directions in Robotics from a panel of experts who have just completed a study of research and development in the subject. The FREE workshop will be in conference room 1235 at the National Science Foundation  in Arlington, Virginia on September 16, 2005.

The Workshop was originally scheduled for June 7, 2005. The date has been pushed back to September 16, 2005.

Robotics is a broad discipline with commercial applications spanning manufacturing, defense, space, entertainment, education and service. The robotics market is approximately $10B but growing rapidly. This study assessed the international state-of-the-art in robotics science, technology and practice. It identifies the significant accomplishments in robotics research, the potential for growth in this emerging industry, and the relative emphasis on different areas across the world. It included analysis of various R&D programs, funding mechanisms and strategic growth directions. This report covers industrial robots, service and personal robots, robotic vehicles, humanoids, space robots, robots used in biological and medical applications and networks of cooperating robots. The report will be of interest to entrepreneurs, policy makers, and administrators interested in an emerging technology that is viewed as one of the seven most important technologies in Japan today.

The study panelists have gathered information on developments in robotics from 26 sites in Asia and 24 in Europe and will compare those findings with the latest domestic robotics research from the initial U.S. Workshop, conducted last summer.

WTEC's panel is chaired by George Bekey from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California and includes experts (listed below) with broad strengths and experience in robotics.

List of Topics

  • Robotics in Biology and Medicine
  • Humanoids
  • Industrial, Service and Personal Robots
  • Networked Robots
  • Robotics Vehicles
  • Space Robots

Panelists & Schedule:


photo: George Bekey

George Bekey
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California

photo: Robert Ambrose

Rob Ambrose
Robotics Systems Technology Branch
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

photo: Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

photo: Art Sanderson

Art Sanderson
Vice President for Research
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

photo: Brian Wilcox

Brian Wilcox
Supervisor, Robotic Vehicles Group
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

photo: Yuan Zheng

Yuan Zheng
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ohio State University

Tentative Agenda

During the afternoon there will be demonstrations of some real robots developed under U.S. Govt.-supported funding. These will be conducted by PIs of projects sponsored by NSF, DARPA, and NASA. The schedule is as follows:

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