Celebrating 50 Years Of Robotics: Symposium And Poster Session

Event Date(s):
  Friday December 11, 2009 at 9:30am

It has been 50 years since George Devol's initial work on programmable automation lead to the development of the first industrial robot, the Unimate, in collaboration with Joseph Engelberger, and the world's first industrial robot manufacturing company was established. Robots are being used today to perform surgeries, discover new drugs, serve as security guards, vacuum clean our carpets and mow our lawns at home. The Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have answered deep scientific questions about Mars and extra terrestrial life opening up avenues for space exploration that were not possible fifty years ago. Robots are important to manufacturing, enabling the high-quality, rapid manufacture of customized goods, and responsible for significant increases in efficiency in production, from consumer goods to industrial equipment. And robotics is playing an extraordinarily important role in homeland security and defense by preventing highly trained soldiers from coming in harm’s way and providing persistent surveillance in harsh environments which ultimately minimizes the lost of human life. This symposium brings together the top experts in robotics research and development who will highlight the important achievements of the field and articulate a vision for the future of this field. More Info