Presented by: Paul Oh, Associate Professor, Drexel University with Special Guest Moderator Francis Rabuck, Director, Technology Research, Bentley Systems
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Robotics is going through a renaissance and is attracting strong academic, industrial, agency and public support both in the US and abroad. Since the 1950s, each generation of Americans has envisioned robot companions that will improve the quality of life. In the past five decades, robots have advanced, but have not lived up to expectations. Today's unprecedented convergence of technologies makes the near-term outlook very promising. The integration of mechatronics, computational power and artificial intelligence has resulted in life-like humanoids, autonomous vehicles and planetary rovers. Robotics is on the verge of a tipping point that will positively impact our lives. Through personal reflection, this talk will explore factors that have helped to yield transformative research in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and humanoids. Factors to be discussed include industry partnerships, international collaborations and working with stakeholders outside academia.