UTCS AI Colloquia - Richard Voyles/University of Denver, "Distributed Sensing, Computation and Actuation: From Heterogeneous Wireless Control Networks to Structured Computational Polymers," PAI 3.14
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Type of Talk: AI Colloquium
Speaker/Affiliation: Richard Voyles/University of Denver
Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Outside Interested Parties
Date/Time: 11/09/2012, 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: PAI 3.14
Host: Peter Stone
Talk Title: "Distributed Sensing, Computation and Actuation: From Heterogeneous Wireless Control Networks to Structured Computational Polymers"
Talk Abstract: Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems are ushering in a new age of engineering design with new techniques and new materials. The old way of design in which we assume decoupled, low-order, block-diagonal models is breaking down at all levels and all scales. This presents numerous problems as our ad hoc design methods are not able to properly account for, test and validate systems of greatly increasing complexity. But it also presents numerous opportunities for new capabilities, such as soft robotics, in which the behavior of a designed artifact is tightly coupled to its environment.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Voyles is NSF Program Director in the newly formed I-Corps Program that grants up to $50,000 per project. Dr. Voyles received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, M.S. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1989, and Ph.D. in Robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. In addition to I-Corps, he is a Program Director in the National Robotics Initiative, and Robust Intelligence. His research interests are in the areas of cyber physical systems, robotics and artificial intelligence development of small, resource-constrained robots and robot teams for urban search and rescue and surveillance sensors and sensor calibration, particularly haptic and force sensors, real-time control, and robotic manipulation. Dr. Voyles‚ industrial experience includes Dart Controls, IBM Corp., Integrated Systems, Inc., and Avanti Optics. He has also served on the boards of various start-ups and non-profit groups, including The Works, a hands-on, minds-on engineering discovery center.
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