Howie Choset to Kickoff RoboBusiness 2019 With Opening Keynote

Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon. Source: CMU

July 30, 2019      

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – RoboBusiness today announced that Dr. Howie Choset, the Kavcic-Moura Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, will provide the opening keynote for RoboBusiness 2019 on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. RoboBusiness will be held from Oct. 1-3, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Howie Choset Carnegie Mellon University

Howie Choset, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

His presentation, “AI to the Rescue: The Future of Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing” will focus on the steps that U.S. manufacturing needs to take to keep up with Asia and Europe, as well as how the democratization of robots will transform the future of robotics across several vertical markets.

Choset serves as the co-director of the Biorobotics Lab, and is the director of the undergraduate Robotics major at CMU. He received undergraduate degrees in computer science and business from the University of Pennsylvania, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1991 and 1996, respectively.

Choset’s research group reduces complicated high-dimensional problems found in robotics to low-dimensional simpler ones for design, analysis, and planning. The group has produced more than 60 journal papers (including two in Science and one in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science), 180 conference papers, and 15 patents. His work has also been recognized by several best paper awards and nominations at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) and other robotics conferences. In addition, Choset has formed several companies with his students, including Medrobotics (surgical systems), HEBI Robotics (modular robotics), and Bito Robotics (autonomous guided vehicles).

He is best known for building snake-like robots and creating innovative methods for controlling the multi-jointed devices. His team has studied how these robots, with their unique ability to move through difficult environments, can be deployed for urban search and rescue, mapping and inspecting caves, and for manufacturing. He was a founding editor of the journal “Science Robotics.”

More recently, Choset was one of the co-leaders in the formation of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, a $250 million national institute that advances the technology development and education for robotics in manufacturing.

Earlier this year, Choset received the 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education at the Automate 2019 conference. The award recognized Choset’s leadership of CMU’s undergraduate robotics degree program, as well as his robotics research in areas such as multi-robot collaboration, surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue.

Choset joins Dr. Robin R. Murphy as a keynote speaker at RoboBusiness 2019. Murphy, the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, will be discussing the latest ways that robots are assisting first responders in emergency and disaster situations. The third keynote will discuss robotics in 2025, in which Robotics Business Review Editor-in-Chief Keith Shaw will moderate a panel of robotics industry luminaries, including Dr. James Kuffner, CEO of Toyota Research Institute; Doug Olson, president and CEO of Harmonic Drive; John McElligott, CEO of York Exponential, and Georg Stieler, managing director of Stieler Enterprise Management Consulting.

Registration for RoboBusiness 2019 is now open, click here to reserve your spot at the event.