[robotics-worldwide] 50 years of robotics

Kostas Daniilidis kostas at cis.upenn.edu
Wed Nov 25 16:24:30 PST 2009

Celebrating 50 years of robotics

It has been 50 years since George Devol's initial work on programmable
automation lead to the development of the first industrial robot, the
Unimate, in collaboration with Joseph Engelberger, and the world's
first industrial robot manufacturing company was established. Robots
are being used today to perform surgeries, discover new drugs, serve
as security guards, vacuum clean our carpets and mow our lawns at
home. The Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have
answered deep scientific questions about Mars and extra terrestrial
life opening up avenues for space exploration that were not possible
fifty years ago. Robots are important to manufacturing, enabling the
high-quality, rapid manufacture of customized goods, and responsible
for significant increases in efficiency in production, from consumer
goods to industrial equipment. And robotics is playing an
extraordinarily important role in homeland security and defense by
preventing highly trained soldiers from coming in harm’s way and
providing persistent surveillance in harsh environments which
ultimately minimizes the lost of human life. This symposium brings
together the top experts in robotics research and development who will
highlight the important achievements of the field and articulate a
vision for the future of this field.

      • Location: Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall , University of
      • Time: Dec 11, 2009, 9:30 pm-4:30 pm
      • Registration:

      • Nancy Amato, Texas A&M, USA, Motion Planning: from Pianos to
Robots to Molecules
      • Antonio Bicchi, University of Pisa, Italy, Towards a Society
of Robots: Robot Behaviors, Misbehaviors, and Agreements"
      • Steve Cousins, Willow Garage, USA, A Platform for Personal Robotics
      • Allison Okamura, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Medical and
Healthcare Robotics: Achievements and Opportunities
      • Daniela Rus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, From
modular robots to programmable matter
      • Gaurav Sukhatme, University of Southern California, USA,
Exploring the Coastal Ocean using Underwater Robots
      • Satoshi Tadokoro, Tohuku University, Japan, Rescue Robotics Challenge
      • James Ostrowski, Evolution Robotics, USA, From the
Manufacturing to the Living Room Floor: Past, Present, and Future of
Commercial Robotics
      • Yuan Zheng, Ohio State University, USA, 50 Years of Biped Locomotion

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