CONNECTING THE BOTS

Apr 23rd - Apr 24th 2014
InterContinental Boston
Boston
About

The Industrial Revolution was a human revolution, as was the Information Revolution. The fusion of the two, however, is spawning something else: the Robotic Age. You wouldn't know it to look at factory assembly bots or household floor cleaning bots, which are the Tin Lizzies of the robotic future. But then, could James Watt imagine the freeways, supersonic planes, nuclear submarines, and space stations of today? And the robotic synthesis will happen much faster. 

Robots are already rescuing earthquake victims, chopping vegetables, giving the wounded new limbs, driving cars, acting as our agents in cyberspace, and lifting more beer than ever (58 kilograms, as of June 2013). Cars, 3-D printers, drones, and prosthetics are all robots. 

What will life be like when all the robots—physical and virtual—are connected to one another? Will robots replace humans in our economy or enhance us? 

Conference Overview
Speakers

EVAN ACKERMAN, Senior Writer, IEEE Spectrum
Topic: A Review of 2013 in Robotics and What 2014 Has in Store

COLIN ANGLE, Chief Executive Officer, iRobot
Topic: Building a Successful Robotics Business

JAMES BARRAT, Documentary Filmmaker
Topic: Can We Share the Planet with Smarter-than-Human Machines?

STEVE COUSINS, Chief Executive Officer, Savioke, and former President, Willow Garage
Topic: Service Robots

JIM GIMZEWSKI, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles
Topic: Machines That Can Think

BRIAN DAVID JOHNSON, Futurist, Intel
Topic: Jimmy the Robot 

JOHN LONG, Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology, Vassar College
Topic: Robots, Evolution, and Complexity 

GARY MARCUS, Professor, NYU & DOUG LENAT, Member, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
Topic: How Far Are We From Strong AI? A Conversation with Marvin Minsky

MAJA MATARIĆ, Chaired Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, University of Southern California
Topic: Creating Robots That (Provide) Care

MARVIN MINSKY, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT 
Topic: How Far Are We From Strong AI? 

CATHERINE MOHR, Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical
Topic: Surgical Robotics and the Nature of Disruption

ALEXANDER REBEN, Artist & Roboticist
Topic: The Needy Robot and Our Relationship with Emotional Machines

DANIELA RUS, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT 
Topic: The Robots are Coming 

JOSEPH SCHLESINGER, Founder, ArcBotics, and Founder & Director, MakeIt Labs
Topic: Your Laptop Is a Factory: Using Robots to Build Robots

RUSS TEDRAKE, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
Topic: Dynamics and Control for Supermaneuverable UAVs and the DARPA Robotics Challenge

MARCO TEMPEST, Virtual Magician, Newmagic Communications
Topic: Robot Magic: Creating the Illusion of the Thinking Machine

MANUELA VELOSO, Herbert A. Simon Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Topic: Symbiotic Autonomy: Robots, Humans, and the Web

Agenda
  • Tuesday April 22
    • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

      First Timers Pre-Reception Welcome

    • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

      Reception

    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

      Dinner

  • Wednesday April 23
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Breakfast

    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

      Conference Welcome

    • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

      Conference Overview

    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

      A Review of 2013 in Robotics and What 2014 Has in Store

    • 9:45 AM - 10:20 AM

      Symbiotic Autonomy: Robots, Humans, and the Web

    • 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

      Coffee Break

    • 10:50 AM - 11:30 AM

      Robot Magic: Creating the Illusion of the Thinking Machine

    • 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

      Dynamics and Control for Supermaneuverable UAVs and the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

    • 12:10 PM - 1:25 PM

      Members' Working Lunch

    • 1:25 PM - 2:05 PM

      Service Robots

    • 2:05 PM - 2:45 PM

      Rise of the Bots: Robots, Surgeons, and Disruption

    • 2:45 PM - 3:20 PM

      How Far Are We From Strong AI?

    • 3:20 PM - 3:50 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 3:50 PM - 4:25 PM

      The Robots are Coming

    • 4:25 PM - 5:00 PM

      The Needy Robot and Our Relationship with Emotional Machines

    • 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Close of First Day

    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

      Reception and Dinner

  • Thursday April 24
    • 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

      Breakfast

    • 8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

      Reflections

    • 8:30 AM - 9:10 AM

      Robots Are Disrupting Markets Worldwide

    • 9:10 AM - 9:50 AM

      Jimmy the 21st-Century Robot

    • 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

      Coffee Break

    • 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

      Creating Robots That (Provide) Care

    • 11:00 AM - 11:35 AM

      Robots, Evolution, and Complexity

    • 11:35 AM - 12:10 PM

      Our Final Invention and the End of the Human Era

    • 12:10 PM - 1:25 PM

      Members' Working Lunch

    • 1:25 PM - 1:30 PM

      TTI/Vanguard Announcements

    • 1:30 PM - 2:05 PM

      Building a Brain: The Atomic Switch Network

    • 2:05 PM - 2:40 PM

      Your Laptop Is a Factory: Robots Building Robots

    • 2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

      Conference Reflections

    • 3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      Close of Conference

    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      Dinner

  • Friday April 25
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Breakfast

    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

      Field trip to iRobot Headquarters

    • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

      Box Lunch

    • 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

      Departure for airport and return to hotel

Field Trip

iRobot Corporation

Founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists, iRobot designs and builds some of the world's most important robots. More than 10 million home robots have been sold worldwide, with the award-winning iRobot Roomba floor vacuuming robot leading the charge. More than 5,000 of the company's defense & security robots have been delivered to researchers, military and civil defense forces worldwide, performing thousands of dangerous missions while protecting those in harm's way.

On this custom tour of iRobot, conducted by several of the company's senior executives, we will visit all three of the company's product areas:

Home

  • Besides the wildly popular Roomba vacuum cleaning robot, the company makes robots that scrub and mop floors, clean swimming pools, and clean house gutters.

Commercial Applications

  • iRobot produces autonomous robots for telepresence. These robots allow for increased collaboration in the workplace and for doctors to communicate with patients from anywhere in the world.

Defense and Security

  • These robots are used for explosive ordnance disposal, reconnaissance, and other hazardous missions. iRobot's line of defense and security robots enter dangerous environments before military personnel and first responders to assess potential hazards, keeping people out of harm's way.
Venue

InterContinental Boston

510 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
+1 617 747 1000