Computation, AI, robotics, and the transformation of practically everything

by CLSA / Sep 18, 2016

Daniela Rus, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Presentation: The digitisation of practically everything coupled with the mobile internet, the automation of knowledge work and advanced robotics promises a future with democratised use of machines and widespread use of robots, personalisation, and customisation. Daniela Rus discusses recent technological and societal megatrends and addresses the role of computing, AI, and robotics in tackling these challenges. She also describes recent advances in robotics and AI that aim to enable the pervasive use of machines to assist humans with physical tasks. Where are the gaps that we need to address to advance toward a future where robots are common in the world and they help reliably with physical tasks? What is the role of computation along this trajectory? By enabling on-demand creation of functional robots from intuitive specifications, we can begin to imagine a world with one robot for every physical task.

About Daniela Rus: Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Her research interests are in robotics, mobile computing and data science. Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. Prior to joining MIT, Rus was a professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College.

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