Robots Working with People
Speaker: Rodney Brooks , Professor Emeritus, MIT, Chairman & CTO, Heartland RoboticsContact:
Date: November 18 2010
Time: 4:30PM to 5:30PM
Host: Victor Zue, CSAIL
Colleen Russell, 3-0145, Crussell@csail.mit.eduRelevant URL:
Moore's law exponentials continue to help low cost robots achieve new capabilities. Over the next two decades the majority of robot deployments will be in situations where people and robots work as a team. Sometimes the teamwork will be spread over time and space, and sometimes it will be close physical interaction. Application areas range from driving, to domestic chores, to healthcare, to services, to agriculture, and to manufacturing. Sometimes the robots will be tools, and sometimes they will be partners.
Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics, emeritus, at MIT. Until 2007 he was director of CSAIL, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is curently the founder, chairman, and CTO of Heartland Robotics. He is a current board member, co-founder, and former chairman and CTO of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT).
His research interests span humanoid robotics, mobile robots, computer vision, artificial life, and the nature of sentience, both wet and dry.
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