Date and time:
Live questions and discussion: Slido (https://app.sli.do/event/llmqvobi)
Moderator: Gregory Dudek
Panelists: Daniela Rus, Roland Siegwart, Stefan B. Williams
The IFRR Panel Colloquium on Field Robotics brings together influential field robotics researchers from across the globe to discuss this pivotal research area. While the potential for robotics in the home and the factory is immense, field robotics may be the domain where robotics can have the greatest influence on our economy and our biosphere. This follows naturally from the vast scale of the planet and the ability of robotics systems to extend human reach not only across the surface of the planet, but also underwater, through the atmosphere, and into space. In the last 15 years, field robotics has progressed from a domain where exploratory research probed what might someday be possible, to a domain where robust functioning systems can start to assist in scientific exploration, resource management, security, and environmental stewardship. Topics to be discussed include:
(1) the most exciting/original/impactful field robotics projects from these leading experts,
(2) the overheads and practical challenges of field robotics and how they can be addressed,
(3) the common themes between the different branches of field robotics, and
(4) the importance and role of human-robot interaction.
Our panelists in this Colloquium will discuss the latest developments, emerging challenges, and answer live questions by the audience through Slido. You are invited to take part in the live Colloquium and interact directly with the panelists. For those who cannot attend the live event, the colloquium will be also recorded and will be available here.
Gregory Dudek (Moderator)
Gregory Dudek is James McGill Professor with the School of Computer Science of McGill University and VP Research and lab head for Samsung's AI Center in Montreal. He is the Scientific Director of Canada's National Robotics Network, and former director of the NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network, former director of the McGill School of Computer Science and former director of McGill's Research Center for Intelligent Machines. He directs the McGill Mobile Robotics Laboratory. He has published over 250 refereed research papers on subjects including visual object description and recognition, robotic navigation and map construction, distributed system design and biological perception. His research interests include perception for mobile robotics, navigation and position estimation, environment and shape modelling, computational vision and collaborative filtering.
Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Rus's research interests are in robotics and artificial intelligence. The key focus of her research is to develop the science and engineering of autonomy. Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the Engelberger Award for robotics. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Roland Siegwart is professor for autonomous mobile robots at ETH Zurich, founding co-director of the technology transfer center Wyss Zurich and board member of multiple high tech companies. He studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich, spent ten years as professor at EPFL Lausanne (1996 – 2006), held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames, and was vice president of ETH Zurich (2010 – 2014). He is IEEE Fellow, and recipient of the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award and IEEE RAS Inaba Technical Award. He is among the most cited scientist in robots world-wide, co-founder of more than half a dozen spin-off companies, and a strong promoter of innovation and entrepreneurship in Switzerland. His interests are in the design, control and navigation of wheeled, walking and flying robots operating in complex and highly dynamical environments.
Stefan B. Williams is an Associate Professor in the University of Sydney's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. He is a member of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics where he leads the Marine Robotics group. He is also the head of Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System AUV Facility. His research interests include Simultaneous Localization and Mapping in unstructured underwater environments, autonomous navigation and control and classification and clustering of large volumes of data collected by robotic systems. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 2002 and completed a Bachelor of Applied Science with first class honors in 1997 at the University of Waterloo, Canada.