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Lecture by Professor Wyatt Newman, Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor in Science & Technology

Progress and Challenges in Autonomous Robotics

Professor Wyatt Newman, Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor in Science & Technology, the University of Hong Kong, gave a lecture on February 19, 2014 titled “Progress and Challenges in Autonomous Robotics”.

This presentation reviews critical aspects of autonomous robotics.  Like a biological creature, successful autonomous robots need to interpret and interact effectively with their environments.  Requirements span: energy interactions (including mechanical assembly, manipulation of control devices, and use of power tools); learning interaction skills from demonstrations and from experience; mapping and interpreting environments; planning and replanning movements; moving through mapped and unmapped environments, including avoiding hazards and collisions with other dynamic entities;  and responding appropriately to supervisory-level commands from humans.  Examples had shown from manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, smart wheelchairs, tour guide robotics, surgical robots and humanoid robotics.

Lecture by Professor Newman

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Engineering