Artificial Intelligence From Research to Reality - Robotics



  • Part Two of the Artificial Intelligence Series

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    Series Overview:

    Artificial Intelligence Series - From Research to Reality

    In 1956, John McCarthy invited a group of leading researchers to Dartmouth to participate in a conference on the newly coined field of Artificial Intelligence. Since then many astonishing things have happened. Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov at chess. Currently, DARPA has created a very practical Grand Challenge to accelerate research in autonomous vehicles. As it has been almost 50 years since the dream of Artificial Intelligence was articulated, it is appropriate to look back at some key ideas and how they are changing our lives.

    SDForum presents a series of panels Called "Artificial Intelligence: From Research to Reality". Each panel takes a topic and looks at how it has evolved from its research roots to current realities. The topics are Expert Systems, Computer Games, Robotics and Machine Learning.


    Robotics: Part Two of the Artificial Intelligence Series

    Intelligent Robots have made huge strides over the last 35 years. The first autonomous robot, Shakey, was developed at SRI in the late 60's and is now in the Computer History Museum. Shakey was connected by radio links to huge mainframe computers, and would take hours to do simple reasoning and planning tasks. Now there is a semi-autonomous vehicle exploring the surface of Mars and teams are developing totally autonomous vehicles to race across the Nevada desert to Las Vegas. The robotics panel features an array of experts who will talk about their current projects.


    Moderator: Dr. Peter E. Hart (bio), Chairman and President, Ricoh Innovations, Inc.

    Mark R. Cutkosky,(bio) Associate Chair for Design and Manufacturing Design Division, Department of Mechanical Engineering Stanford Center for Design Research

    David Hall,(bio) Chief Scientist of Team DAD from the DARPA Grand Challenge

    Oussama Khatib,(bio)Department of Computer Science Stanford University


    Speaker Bios


    Mark R. Cutkosky

    Mark R. Cutkosky is a professor at the Center for Design Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985, after working in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and as a machine design engineer at ALCOA, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. Dr. Cutkosky's research interests include robotic manipulation and tactile sensing, agent-based design, and the design and fabrication of small, biologically inspired robots. He has graduated 29 Ph.D. students and published extensively in these areas. He is a former Fulbright Faculty Chair and Charles M. Pigott Professor at Stanford University, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator and a member of ASME, IEEE and Sigma Xi.

    Currently, Dr. Cutkosky is heading a project at Stanford to develop multi-legged climbing robots that draw their inspiration from geckos, insects and other animals that exhibit scansorial agility. This project is a multi-university collaboration among biologists and robotics researchers.

    Cutkosky’s laboratory can be found at


    David Hall

    As Team DAD's founder, CEO and chief engineer, David Hall is the driving force behind Team DAD's vision, product direction and commitment to technological advances. Hall's loudspeaker company, Velodyne Acoustics, was established in 1983. Since its inception, Hall has been instrumental in establishing Velodyne as a recognized leader in subwoofer design and performance.

    Hall's entrepreneurial spirit was first sparked at the age of four when he built his first amplifier. Since that time, he has consistently been on the leading edge of technology. In the late 70s, Hall built the first hand-held computerized tachometer called the Comp-u-Tach. He developed and patented the world's first high gain servo-controlled subwoofer, lowering distortion to below 1%, in 1984. He also pioneered a subwoofer that would play loud in a small box, starting with the ULD-15 and continuing with the FSR, HGS, and SPL series. Hall holds eight patents in various amplifier designs including the new Digital Drive Series, the first microprocessor-controlled, all-digital subwoofer.

    Widely respected as a creative visionary, Hall is best known for his expertise in precision machining, loudspeaker design, acoustical engineering, electronics, microprocessors, real-time systems, vision-recovery technology, automotive technology, and robotics. He has competed in several global robotic combat events such as BattleBots and Robot Wars, which is seen in over 45 countries. Team DAD fielded an autonomous vehicle that traveled 6 miles over rugged desert terrain in the first DARPA Grand Challenge in March, 2004.

    Hall earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is married and has three children.


    Dr. Peter E. Hart

    Dr. Peter E. Hart is Chairman and President of Ricoh Innovations, Inc. in Menlo Park, CA, a company he founded in 1997 to create new technology and business opportunities for the worldwide Ricoh Group based on a Silicon Valley perspective. Hart is also a Senior Vice President of Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Japan), one of a very few Westerners to serve as an executive officer of a major Japanese corporation.

    His research career includes seminal theoretical and experimental contributions to statistical pattern classification, shortest-path graph searching, computer vision, expert systems and robotics. He has directed three research centers and has founded or co-founded four companies.

    Hart is a Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE and American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

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    Oussama Khatib

    Dr. Khatib is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in 1980 from Sup'Aero, Toulouse, France. His current research is in human-centered robotics, human motion synthesis, humanoid robots, dynamic simulations, haptic interactions, and human-friendly robot design, His exploration in this research ranges from the autonomous ability of a robot to cooperate with a human to the haptic interaction of a user with an animated character or a surgical instrument. His research in these emerging areas builds on a large body of studies he pursued over the past 25 years and published in over 200 contributions in the field. Professor Khatib was Program Chair of ICRA2000 (San Francisco) and Editor of ``The Robotics Review' (MIT Press). He has served as the Director of the Stanford Computer Forum, an industry affiliate program. He is currently the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research, IFRR, and Editor of STAR, Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. Professor Khatib is an IEEE fellow. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE and a recipient of the JARA Award.


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    6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Networking/Registration

    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Program



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