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On Oct. 28, 2016, the University of California San Diego will host the annual Contextual Robotics Forum, a one-day event featuring talks by world leaders and local researchers developing robotics for the benefit of society. This year’s theme is “Shared Autonomy: New Directions in Human-Machine Interaction”.

In just one day, attendees will get a big picture overview of the field and meet other members of San Diego’s growing robotics community. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with faculty and graduate students presenting robotics demos and posters.

The following global and local thought leaders will discuss the question, ‘How do we build robots that empower people to do things that they couldn’t before?’”

Remarks by Albert P. Pisano, Dean, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and Carol Padden, Dean, UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences.

Forum Details

DATE: Oct. 28, 2016

TIME: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

COST: $100

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New Robotics Faculty at UC San Diego

Six robotics professors, including Contextual Robotics Institute leadership, are joining the Jacobs School in 2016. The university hired Henrik Christensen, one of the most influential robotics researchers in the world, in July 2016 to lead the Contextual Robotics Institute and serve as a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Christensen is among the experts giving a presentation. He will discuss big trends in robotics – where the field is going and how it plays into the broader ecosystem of intelligent homes, workspaces and appliances.

Contextual Robotics at UC San Diego

The forum will showcase the innovative research being done at the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute, which aims to develop safe, useful and human-friendly robotics systems that are deeply integrated with how humans live.

UC San Diego researchers from across all engineering disciplines, including computer and data sciences, as well as the social sciences, including cognitive science and neuroscience are advancing technologies critical for tomorrow’s robotic systems that will see and think before acting. This area of “contextual robotics” offers great opportunities due to the convergence of a collection of rapidly advancing fields including cognitive modeling, computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, controls, emotion detection, high-performance computing, energy-efficient computing and hardware, embedded systems, soft robotics and much more.

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