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Friday, March 7 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Welcoming the Robot Workforce

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In the near future, humans will increasingly rely on robots to manage agriculture, infrastructure, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and security. Advanced human-robot interaction will transform industries and change the way we think about the workforce. Telepresence robots like Beam, Vgo, and the iRobot Ava 500 will extend workforce robotics into the white-collar world, allowing workers to be physically present in two places at once and much more. And who knows what will happen as IBM’s Watson Robot finishes medical school? Will the robotic takeover of jobs help us become the best versions of ourselves, or lead to a depressing idleness that is economic, as much as emotional? Drawing from the lessons from automotive and manufacturing industries, do we have a responsibility to workers and ourselves to ensure the ongoing productivity of humanity? Can we keep humanity from turning into WALL-E? Part of the IEEE Technology for Humanity Series.

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Henrik Christensen

KUKA Chair of Robotics, Dir, Robotics & Intelligent Machines, Distinguished Professor, Interactive Computing at Georgia TechGeorgia Institute of TechnologyDr. Henrik I. Christensen is the KUKA Chair of Robotics at the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also... Read More →
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Elena Messina

Group Leader , Intelligent Systems Division Manipulation & Mobility Systems GroupThe National Institute of Standards and TechnologyElena Messina is the group leader of the Manipulation & Mobility Systems Group of the Intelligent Systems Division (ISD) at the National Institute of... Read More →
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Dawn Tilbury

Professor, Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganDawn Tilbury received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is in the area of controls with applications to manufacturing and... Read More →

Friday March 7, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5-7

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