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GRASP Special Seminar – Sarjoun Skaff, Bossa Nova Robotics, “Robots: From Lab to Shelf”

June 14, 2011 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Transforming
research robots into consumer products is a complex but fascinating
task. This talk relates an entrepreneurial experience that starts at
university with a capable but expensive robot, and follows through with
a two-year journey to reinvent the robot into a product and place it on
the market. It traces steps to transform robotics technology into a
safe, efficient, and manufacturable system, integrate it into a
product, and sell and market the product around the world. The talks
reports on current development to make robots evolve over time, and
presents thoughts on what it would take to make personal robots parts
of everyone’s daily life.


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Sarjoun Skaff is a robotics entrepreneur with a mission to put robots
in people’s hands. He co-founded Bossa Nova Robotics, a Carnegie Mellon
University spinoff, to design, manufacture, and commercialize personal
robots. Over the last four years, Dr. Skaff led technology development
to transform laboratory-grade robotics into products, established the
company’s manufacturing operations overseas, and helped launch three
products in worldwide markets and grow the company to over twenty five
employees in three locations. He holds an MS and PhD in Robotics from
Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked on the control and state
estimation for RHex, a six-legged dynamic robot, and on the
construction of Skyworker, a robot designed for the assembly of space
stations. He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the American
University of Beirut, where he received the Distinguished Young Alumnus
Award in 2011.


June 14, 2011
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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