Robot Revolution Symposium

On Thursday, May 21, the Museum of Science and Industry will unveil its new robotics exhibit, Robot Revolution. For the past few years, Northwestern faculty and other international robotics experts have served as advisers to this project. In honor of the exhibit’s opening, two of those experts will speak at Northwestern’s Robot Revolution symposium.The symposium will open with a technical talk on machine learning for robotics, followed by a broad audience talk on the future of robotics in manufacturing.


10am - Daniel Lee: Machine Learning for Robots: Perception, Planning, and Motor Control

Evan C. Thompson Chair; Director, GRASP Robotics Lab, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract: Machines today excel at seemingly complex games such as chess and trivia contests, yet still struggle with basic perceptual, planning, and motor tasks in the physical world. What are the appropriate representations needed to execute and adapt robust behaviors in real-time? Lee will present some examples of learning algorithms that have been applied to robots for monocular visual odometry, high-dimensional trajectory planning, and legged locomotion. Lee will show and discuss applications of these algorithms to autonomous vehicles and humanoid robots.

11am - Henrik Christensen: Digital Manufacturing in a Non-Flat World

KUKA Chair of Robotics; Director, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, College of Computing, Georgia Tech

Abstract: The world is going toward an extreme degree of customization. Already today most cars are available in millions of different configurations. The trend is likely to continue and, at the same time, integrated manufacturing will allow for a highly distributed factory where transport over extended distances will pose a major challenge. We have already started to see this with re-shoring efforts. The future of manufacturing will see tight coupling between design, fabrication, delivery, and full life-cycle considerations. In this presentation Christensen will discuss the integration of fabrication across all aspects of the life-cycle.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ford ITW Room
2133 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL
United States