Service Robots Are Here

Speaker: Steve Cousins, Founder of Savioke 
Venue: COM2-04-02, Executive Classroom
Date/Time: 28/03/2016, Monday, 1.00pm


After 20 years of predictions that robots will work among us soon, the predictions are finally starting to come true. Investment in robotics is up, enabling start-ups to explore a range of use cases. Decreasing component costs will make it easier to make real business cases for the technology. Mobile robots are beginning to transform the way we serve people in hotels, elder care facilities, hospitals, restaurants, and throughout the service industry, and this trend is accelerating. Savioke deploys delivery robots in hotels, and has had one in continuous operation since August 2014. There are now several Savioke Relay robots doing over 400 deliveries each week across California, and the number is quickly expanding.


Steve Cousins is a world leader in service robotics. He is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot. Steve serves on the boards of the Open Source Robotics Foundation and Silicon Valley Robotics, and is an active participant in the Robots for Humanity project. Steve has been a senior manager at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, and a member of the senior staff at Xerox PARC. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and BS and MS degrees in computer science from Washington University.

A Historical Humanoid Development and Human Support Robot Technologies

Speaker:Yoshihiro Kuroki,  Advanced Technology Engineering Dept. Partner Robot Div. (Tokyo) TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
Venue:NUS Faculty of Engineering, Blk EA, Level 2, EA-02-11
Date/Time: 18/12/14, Thursday, 2.00pm

I have launched a development project for a small biped entertainment robot named SDR (Sony Dream Robot) in 1997. In the shortest development period, in November 2000, we proposed the first prototype SDR-3X featuring dynamic and attractive motion performances such as Parapara dances and multi-unit formation dances. QRIO (SDR-4X II) is the latest and the most advanced model and has important capabilities such as a safe design and functions for safe physical interaction with human. But QRIO project has been terminated in 2006.

I started to develop the essential technologies for human support robots in 2009. Human support robots living together with human and providing livelihood support to human should have capabilities to make physical interaction with human, objects and environment. To achieve these capabilities in physical interaction tasks with safe operations, we propose a new torque sensing method and cooperative force adaptive control by joint torque detection based distributed torque servo control systems. I will also provide a brief introduction on the joint torque control based bilateral master slave system exploring future applications.


Knowledge Representation and Exchange for Robot Tasks

ARC, SIMTech‐NUS Joint Lab on Industrial Robotics and A*STAR industrial Robotics Program  Seminar

Speaker:Mr Alexander C. Perzylo,   Fortiss, Germany
Date/Time: 30/09/14, Tuesday 1030am

Humans can use the Internet to share knowledge and to help each other accomplish complex tasks. Until now, robots have not taken advantage of this opportunity. Sharing knowledge between robots requires methods to effectively encode, exchange, and reuse data. In this presentation the design and implementation of a system for sharing knowledge about robot tasks is explained.