The IT revolution has given us consumer devices, from phones, to search engines, to physically interactive games, that use intelligence to make inferences and operate effectively in a complex dynamic world. That level of intelligence has largely been absent from the factory floor, with a much more traditional top down command and control model being the norm. New classes of devices, including safe, easy to integrate, interactive production robots are starting to change that picture. This talk will report on some recent advances in this arena, and map out possible future developments if enough researchers can be inspired to work in this area.
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About the speaker:
Rodney Brooks received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981, and was on the Stanford CS faculty in 1983-1984. He was also a research scientist at both CMU and MIT, and on the EECS faculty at MIT from 1984 until 2010 as the Panasonic Professor of Robotics. At MIT he was the director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and then the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from 1997 until 2007. He was the co-founding editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision. He was co-founder of iRobot (nasdaq: IRBT), CTO from 1990 until 2008, and on the board until 2011. In 2008 he founded Rethink Robotics where he is currently Chairman and CTO. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAI, ACM, and AAAS.