GRASP goes to China

June 24th, 2015

Penn Engineering and the GRASP Laboratory traveled to the newly opened Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) and the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences last week. Among the faculty who attended from the GRASP Lab were Jianbo Shi, Kostas Daniilidis, Daniel Lee, Daniel Koditschek, and Mark Yim. Daniel Ueda, the GRASP Associate Director of Education and Outreach, GRASP PhD students Jennifer Hui and Turner Topping, as well as Professor Shu Yang from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, also attended.

The first event at PWCC, held on Thursday, featured a series of robotics outreach and collaboration presentations for middle and high school students in Beijing. Dr. Shi gave opening remarks about robotic technology in the 21st century before Jennifer Hui and Turner Topping gave presentations about their research at GRASP. After lunch, FIRST Program Manager at Semia Limited (Partner of LEGO Education in Hong Kong) Andrew Bannish gave a presentation and scrimmage demonstration of the FIRST LEGO League to the students. The outreach event concluded with presentations from Daniel Ueda of GRASP Lab and Yu Ye from the U.S. Embassy that explained engineering and robotics research and careers in the United States, and information on work toward becoming an attractive candidate for and applying to U.S. universities.

Friday at PWCC was geared toward an audience of university students and faculty, featuring presentations from all GRASP faculty about their research. Faculty members from universities in China also presented their research topics. An alumni dinner was held later that night, and Penn Engineering and GRASP faculty and representatives were joined by 10 Penn alumni in Beijing. 

On Saturday and Sunday, Penn Engineering and GRASP Lab organized with the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Summer School on Pattern Recognition and Human Centered Robotics to host presentations for graduate students and faculty from China. 

The weekend was a great experience for all, and GRASP is excited to continue collaborations with PWCC.