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Winter Seminar: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Please mark your calendars to hear guest speaker - Dave Wyland

Location: EC 326

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Title: "The Field Robotics Age"


Great engineering opportunities are opening up in field robotics.
Like factory robots, these are pick-and-place machines that move things around.
Unlike factory robots, they move things around in open, changing environments.

Robotic vacuum cleaners were the first commercial examples of field robotics.
These were enabled by laser distance sensors and new algorithms.
Example: Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM).
These products also made use of mechatronics, an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer science.

Field robotics is a fast growing market with huge potential.
The US military wants to have one-third of its vehicles autonomous (robotic) by 2015, and commercial applications are equally important. Instead of humanoid forms, we should expect to see a wide variety of very different machines for different environments and tasks.