Sponsored Session

Industry Luncheon on May 20, 2019

Theme: Human Robot Interaction - Research Challenges

With societal perspectives of artificial intelligence and robotics being distrustful, acceptance of robots will come with an understanding and trust in technology. Key opinion leaders Peter Cork and Siddhartha Srinivasa will discuss how furthering development in HRI will enable true acceptance and provide true value to society. The presentations will be followed by a question & answer period with the audience.

Speakers:
Peter Cork - Queensland University
Siddhartha S. Srinivasa, School of Computer Engineering, University of Washington

Introduction and Moderator:
Keith Blanchet, VP Global Sales, Kinova

Biographies:
Peter CorkePeter Corke is the distinguished professor of robotic vision at Queensland University of Technology, and director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision. His research is concerned with enabling robots to see, and the application of robots to mining, agriculture and environmental monitoring. He created widely used open-source software for teaching and research, wrote the best selling textbook “
Robotics, Vision, and Control”, created several MOOCs and the Robot Academy, and has won national and international recognition for teaching including 2017 Australian University Teacher of the Year.   He is a fellow of the IEEE and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, former editor-in-chief of the IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine, founding and associate editor of the Journal of Field Robotics, founding multi-media editor and executive editorial board member of the International Journal of Robotics Research, member of the editorial advisory board of the Springer Tracts on Advanced Robotics series, recipient of the Qantas/Rolls-Royce and Australian Engineering Excellence awards, and has held visiting positions at Oxford, University of Illinois, Carnegie-Mellon University and University of Pennsylvania.  He received his undergraduate and masters degrees in electrical engineering and PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Twitter  @petercorke59, @RoboticVisionAU

SiddharthaSiddhartha Srinivasa is the Boeing Endowed Professor at The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and an IEEE Fellow. He is a full-stack roboticist, with the goal of enabling robots to perform complex manipulation tasks under uncertainty and clutter, with and around people. To this end, he founded the Personal Robotics Lab in 2005. He was a PI on the Quality of Life Technologies NSF ERC, DARPA ARM-S and the DARPA Robotics Challenge, has built several robots (HERB, ADA, CHIMP), and has written software frameworks (OpenRAVE, DART) and best-paper award winning algorithms (CBiRRT, CHOMP, BIT*, Legibility) used extensively by roboticists around the world. Sidd received a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1999, and a PhD in 2005 from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He played badminton and tennis for IIT Madras, captained the CMU squash team, and lately runs competitively.