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Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy’s 90th Birthday Celebration

May 20, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm



In honor of the 90th birthday celebration of the GRASP Lab Founder, Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy, GRASP will be hosting a special GRASP-exclusive Saturday event consisting of three one-hour-long panel discussions on the state of science and technology, and opportunities and challenges for the future.

*This event will be “unplugged”, so there will be no recording or streaming option. Make sure to attend in person if you would like to participate!*


1:00 PM – Welcome and Introduction (Dr. Mark Yim, GRASP Faculty Director & Dr. Vijay Kumar, Penn Engineering Nemirovsky Family Dean)

1:05 PM – Session I – Active Perception (Chair: Dr. Kostas Daniilidis, Ruth Yalom Stone Professor, CIS)

Panelists: Dr. Peter Allen (Professor, Columbia University), Dr. Luca Bogoni (Head of Advanced Research and Innovation, Carestream), Dr. Jana Kosecka (Professor, George Mason University)

2:00 PM –BREAK

2:15 PM – Session II – Signals and Symbols (Chair: Dr. George Pappas, Joseph Moore Professor & Department Chair, ESE)

Panelists: Dr. Robbie Mandelbaum (Director, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL)) Dr. Gerda Kamberova (Professor, Hofstra University), Dr. James Gee (Professor, Penn Medicine)

3:15 PM – BREAK

3:30 PM – Session III –  Humans and Robots (Chair: Dr. Shankar Sastry, NEC Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley)

Panelists: Dr. Eric Krotkov (Chief Science Officer, Toyota Research Institute), Dr. Milos Zefran (Professor, University of Illinois Chicago), Dr. Ram Vasudevan (Associate Professor, University of Michigan)




May 20, 2023
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm