IEEE Robotics and Automation Society IEEE

Government Forum

Thursday, May 28
WSCC 604

Policy makers from funding agencies in Asia, North America and Europe will talk about government funding priorities and government policy as it relates to robotics. RAS leaders will discuss ideas and lessons learned from tackling grand challenges in robotics. Each session in the forum will consist of presentations followed by discussion. Active audience participation is encouraged.

Schedule

9:15-10:30 Session 1: Robotics R&D Initiatives Around the World
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:15 Session 2: Technology and Public Policy
15:00-16:15 Session 3: Highlights from R&D Initiatives

Session 1: Robotics R&D Initiatives Around the World

9:15-10:30

Policy makers from funding agencies in Asia, North America and Europe and RAS leaders will talk about government funding priorities and government policy as they relate to robotics. The discussion part of this session will focus on new opportunities.

  • 9:15-9:25: Lynne Parker, NSF
  • 9:25-9:35: Luiz Santos, European Research Council
  • 9:35-9:45: Alex Zelinsky, Defense Australia
  • 9:45-9:55: Hajime Asama, Japan
  • 9:55-10:05: Marc Steinberg, ONR
  • 10:05-10:15: Cecile Huet, European Commission
  • 10:05-10:30: Panel Discussion

Session 2: Technology and Public Policy

11:00-12:15

Policy makers from funding agencies and RAS leaders will talk about (1) government funding priorities and government policies as they relate to robotics and (2) the role robotics researchers can play to influence public policy. The discussion part of the session will center around (1) formulating policy to promote robotics research, development and education, and (2) determining new R&D initiatives that will help government formulate better policy to ensure technology improves and enhances our lives.

  • 11:00-11:10: Greg Hager, CCC
  • 11:10-11:20: Richard Voyles, OSTP
  • 11:20-11:30: Stefano Stramigioli, SPARC
  • 11:30-11:40: Junku Yuh, Korea
  • 11:40-11:50: Tianmiao Wang, China
  • 11:50-12:00: Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech
  • 12:00-12:15: Discussion

Session 3: Highlights from R&D Initiatives

15:00-16:15

Government leaders in the USA and Europe will give overviews of robotics initiatives for multi-investgator robotics projects. Several projects will be highlighted. Each presentation will provide a project overview and discuss lessons learned in convening research teams for tackling grand challenges in robotics.

  • 15:00-15:15: Overview, Telma Carvalho, European Research Council
  • 15:15-15:30: Jean-Paul Laumond, Computational foundations of anthropomorphic action
  • 15:30-15:45: Bruno Siciliano, Robotic Dynamic Manipulation
  • 15:45-16:00: Antonio Bicchi, A theory of Soft synergies for a new generation of artificial hands
  • 16:00-16:15: Overview, Jeff Trinkle, NSF
  • 16:15-16:30: Howie Choset, Complementary Situational Awareness for Human-Robot Partnerships
  • 16:30-16:45: Sebastian Scherer, Fast and Accurate Infrastructure Modeling and Inspection with Low-Flying Robots
  • 16:45-17:00: Allison Okamura, Multilateral Manipulation by Human-Robot Collaborative Systems

Organizers

  • Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniela Rus, MIT