Living with Robots

Speaker:Professor Oussama Khatib, Stanford University
Seminar Date:01/04/2014
Seminar Venue:Engineering Auditorium 9 Engineering Drive 1 (S) 117575 Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore
Robotics is rapidly expanding into the human environment and vigorously engaged in its new emerging challenges. From a largely dominant industrial focus, robotics has undergone, by the turn of the new millennium, a major transformation in scope and dimensions. This expansion has been brought about by the maturity of the field and the advances in its related technologies to address the pressing needs for human centered robotic applications. Interacting, exploring, and working with humans, the new generation of robots will increasingly touch people and their lives, in homes, workplaces, and communities, providing support in services, entertainment, education, health care, and assistance. The discussion focuses on new design concepts, novel sensing modalities, efficient planning and control strategies, modeling and understanding of human motion and skills, which are among the key requirements for safe, dependable, and competent robots. The exploration of the human‐robot connection is proving extremely valuable in providing new avenues for the study of human movement ‐‐ with exciting prospects for novel clinical therapies, athletic training, character animation, and human performance improvement.