Rodney Brooks and Clara Wu to Discuss Human-Robot Interaction at TC Sessions: Robotics 2022

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Robots have changed automation in industries such as agriculture, automotive, logistics, manufacturing and warehousing. However, even the most advanced robots usually work in closed workplaces away from humans for safety reasons.

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The field of human-robot interaction (HRI) offers robots with sufficient cognitive intelligence the ability to work effectively and safely alongside humans in places such as factory floors. The development of collaborative robots – or cobots – is in full swing, with a projected market value of $8 billion by 2030.

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We are excited to announce that two robotics at the forefront of HRI — Rodney Brooks, founder and CTO of Robust.AI (and co-inventor of the popular Roomba home robot) and Clara Wu, co-founder and CTO of Veo Robotics — will be joining us on stage at TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 July 22 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Our talk will focus on the current state of HRI, the challenges of designing “common sense” robots, and the technology needed to enable humans and robots to work in close proximity. Of course, we will ask what they are doing right now and what will happen next.

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We will also ask how long it will be before cobots become part of the daily work environment. And what kind of learning infrastructure do we need to put in place as more efficient cobots replace humans doing physically demanding or repetitive menial jobs?

Robotics legend Rodney Brooks founded Robust.AI in 2019 with the goal of building a first-of-its-kind, industrial-grade cognitive platform for robots. The goal is to make robots smarter, safer, more reliable, context-sensitive and cooperative. Such robots could function reliably in construction, care for the elderly, household and other very difficult environments.

In 2020, Robust.AI raised $15M Series A.

In addition to his roles at Robust.AI, Brooks, an award-winning computer scientist, has taught and held leadership positions at MIT. He was also the founder and CTO of Rethink Robotics and iRobot.

Veo Robotics, an industrial automation company founded in 2016, has created FreeMove, a comprehensive 3D protection system for industrial robots that enables dynamic human-robot interaction. In other words, he turns ordinary industrial robots into machines that respond to people.

When human skills and creativity are combined with the strength and speed of robots, the result is a flexible human-robot interaction that will help manufacturers adapt to ever-changing market demands.

The company raised $15 million Series A in 2019.

Clara Wu, co-founder and CTO of Veo Robotic, leads a team of engineers focused on the development of computer vision-based sensor and intelligent systems used by the world’s four largest industrial robot companies: FANUC, Yaskawa, ABB and Kuka.

With over twenty years of experience in robotics, Wu has developed many products from inception to market. She started her career at iRobot programming oil exploration robots; then she moved on to interactive toys and Roomba.

Prior to Veo, Wu was co-founder and director of software development for Harvest Automation, a manufacturer of mobile robots for agricultural automation.

Don’t miss an engaging conversation with Rodney Brooks and Clara Wu, two roboticists at the forefront of human-robot interaction, about the reality and potential of humans and robots working side by side.

TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 will take place on July 22 in Boston, Massachusetts. Buy a pass to Friday, June 24 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) and save $200.

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