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UC San Diego to Host Robotics Leaders at Forum Focused on Future of Robotic Systems

San Diego, CA, September 14, 2015 -- On October 30, 2015, the University of California, San Diego will host a one-day event focused on the future of robotics for medicine, autonomous vehicles, first-response scenarios, consumer applications and more. This event, the 2nd annual Contextual Robotics Forum at UC San Diego, features nine keynote talks from world-leaders in robotics and related technologies including Marc Raibert, President of Boston Dynamics; Rob High, VP & CTO, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group; and Todd Hylton, Executive Vice President of Brain Corporation.

Matt Grob, CTO of Qualcomm, and Tom Pieronek, VP of Basic Research at Northrop Grumman are among the industry partners giving opening remarks along with Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Attendees will have several opportunities to interact with the forum speakers, UC San Diego professors and graduate students presenting robotics demos and posters.

The Contextual Robotics Forum is part of UC San Diego’s efforts to help strengthen the robotics ecosystem in San Diego and the greater California / Baja region.

Register for the Contextual Robotics Forum today.

Contextual Robotics

UC San Diego researchers from across all engineering disciplines, computer and data sciences, cognitive and neurosciences and the social sciences 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 computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, controls, emotion detection, high-performance computing, energy-efficient computing and hardware, embedded systems, soft robotics and much more.

A cross section of UC San Diego professors and students working in these converging fields will present their latest work at the technology showcase following the keynote talks.

Contextual Robotics Forum Keynote Speakers

Andrea Chiba, Cognitive Sciences Professor, UC San Diego Todd Coleman, Bioengineering Professor, UC San Diego Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke Rob High, VP& CTO, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group Todd Hylton, Executive Vice President, Brain Corporation
Paolo Pirjanian, Entrepreneur, Former CTO of iRobot Marc Raibert, President, Boston Dynamics Jonathan Sorger, Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical Mohan Trivedi, Electrical Engineering Professor, UC San Diego Yulun Wang, Chairman & CEO, In Touch Health

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Matt Grob, CTO, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Tom Pieronek, Vice President of Basic Research, Northrop Grumann Albert P. Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering Carol Padden, Dean, Social Sciences  

Technology Showcase

Hands-on robotics demos and posters from faculty and students at UC San Diego 

Thomas Bewley Lab

coordinated robotics for education, environmental sensing

Jorge Cortes Lab

human-swarm interactions*

Nate Delson Lab

instrumented medical mannequins

Falko Kuester Lab

3-D printable robotics

Scott Makeig and Tzyy-Ping Jung Lab

mobile brain/body imaging

Javier Movellan Lab

social robots in early childhood education

Balakrishnan Narayanaswamy Lab

multi-agent systems*

Mike Tolley Lab

self-folding swarm robots; 3-D-printed soft robots; gecko-arm robotics

Zhuowen Tu Lab

contextual scene and language understanding*

Nuno Vasconcelos Lab

real-time object detection*

Joseph Wang Lab


Michael Yip Lab

medical robots


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DATE: October 30, 2015

TIME: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

COST: $125 General Admission / $75 for Alumni


Join San Diego’s robotics community on October 30, 2015 for a day dedicated to the future of robotics for medicine, autonomous vehicles, consumer applications and more. 



Participants in the technology showcase at the forum include mechanical and aerospace engineering professors Nate Delson and Mike Tolley. They are using robotics to improve the hands-on and experiential engineering courses offered to undergraduates at the Jacobs School. Read about their robotics pilot course, part of the Jacobs School’s Experience Engineering Initiative.

Robotics Education

Read about Thomas Bewley’s popular, difficult, and reminted MAE143c course, in which each student builds and programs a miniature unmanned Segway-like robots, known as a Mobile Inverted Pendulums (MIP).



The Contexual Robotics Forum at UC San Diego is sponsored by Qualcomm, the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences

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