The Program

October 28, 2016 at UC San Diego
Presented by the Jacobs School of Engineering
Sponsored by Qualcomm

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8:00 a.m.

Registration + Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Albert P. Pisano

Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering

Matt Grob

Executive VP and CTO,
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Carol Padden

Dean, Division of Social Sciences

9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Henrik Christensen

Director, Contextual Robotics Institute
Professor of Computer Science
UC San Diego

9:30 a.m.

Frank Dellaert

Technical Project Lead, Facebook
Professor, Georgia Tech

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break (30 MIN)

10:30 a.m.

Jorge Cortes

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
UC San Diego

11:00 a.m.

James Kuffner

CTO, Toyota Research Institute


Lunch (60 Minutes)

1:00 p.m.

Liam Pedersen

Principal Researcher
Nissan Motor Company

1:30 p.m.

Bob Touchton

Chief Autonomy Scientist, Leidos

2:00 p.m.

Ayse Saygin

Professor of Cognitive Science
UC San Diego

2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Technology Showcase + Networking Reception

Technology Showcase

Coordinated Robotics

Tom Bewley

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

RUBI project and Robotic Rodent

Andrea Chiba

Cognitive Science

Disaster response
Northrop Grumman Autonomy Challenge Project

Jorge Cortes

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Brain-computer interface demo

Virginia de Sa

Cognitive Science

Machine learning projects
Northrop Grumman Autonomy Challenge Project

Rajesh Gupta and Zhuowen Tu

Computer Science & Engineering Cognitive Science (respectively)

Underwater robotics and computer vision

Ryan Kastner

Computer Science & Engineering

Drone Lab demos
On 2nd floor of Atkinston Hall

Falko Kuester

Structural Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Qualcomm Institute

Human-Robot Teaming and Healthcare Robotics

Laurel Riek

Computer Science & Engineering Dept.

Drones that sniff out forest fires

Tajana Simunic Rosing

Computer Science & Engineering Dept

Unmanned-vehicle wildlife survey in Belize jungle

Curt Schurgers

Qualcomm Institute
Engineers for Exploration Program

Bioinspired robotics and design

Michael Tolley

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Autonomous Vehicle demonstrations

Mohan Trivedi

Computer Vision & Robotics Research Laboratory


Snake-like surgical robots, robot motion planning and co-habitation in human environments, artificial robot muscles from sewing thread and augmented-reality surgery

Michael Yip

Electrical & Computer Engineering