Social robotics is an emerging field in Australia. As new generations of robots are developed that participate in our lives and exist in public spaces, we need to consider the impact of these technologies and how we can harness their benefits. Social robots must collaborate with people and prove themselves as capable partners. They must make good teammates, learn from us or teach us, as well as communicate with and understand us. The goal of this workshop is to explore where social robotics is heading and how we can best navigate the multi-disciplinary challenges such robots will present.
Format: There will be three Forum sessions on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at ICRA 2018 (21-25 May 2018) each 1h 15mins long. Each session will comprise presentations by three to four speakers, followed by a 15-minute interactive panel discussion with questions and comments from the audience.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
SESSION 1: Social Robots in Healthcare. Chair: Sue Keay, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
SESSION 2: Social Robots at Home and Work. Chair: Elizabeth Croft, Monash University, Melbourne
SESSION 3: Social Robots Under Uncertainty. Chair: Mary-Anne Williams, The Magic Lab, UTS, Sydney
Sue Keay is the Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. She is responsible for the effective leadership, management and development of the Centre’s research, education and knowledge exchange programs. A university medallist and Jaeger scholar, Sue has more than 20 years experience in the research sector, managing and ensuring impact from multidisciplinary R&D programs and teams. She has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the Australian National University and was an ARC post-doctoral fellow at The University of Queensland, before escaping the lab and moving first to science communication and then into research management, research commercialisation and IP management. She has managed national investments in water recycling research for a Centre of Excellence funded by the Department of Environment, and was the Director of UQ Business School Commercial. Sue has worked with physical scientists, engineers, social science researchers and economists and loves the challenge of managing research across distributed sites. Sue is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairs the IP and Commercialisation Committee for the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction. She is currently completing her MBA with UQ Business School and mentors three female-led start-up companies.
In 2017, Sue was named as one of the first Superstars of STEM by Science & Technology Australia, announced by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO. As part of the program, these women will learn how to speak about their science and inspire others to consider a career in STEM.
Elizabeth Croft joined Monash University in January 2018 as Dean of Engineering. Previously, she was with the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she was Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Elizabeth is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of human robotic interaction. As principal investigator for a world class robotics lab within UBC, she has successfully led large-scale collaborative research projects utilising robots alongside people in manufacturing, and guided multidisciplinary initiatives with General Motors, the DLR (German Aerospace Centre) and other industry partners.
She has an exceptional record of advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering. Most recently, as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, she worked with partners in funding agencies, industry, academe, and the education system on comprehensive strategies to improve women’s participation and retention in the STEM disciplines at all level.
Mary-Anne Williams is Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory (The Magic Lab) at UTS. Mary-Anne has a Masters of Laws and a PhD in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning with transdisciplinary strengths in AI, disruptive innovation, design thinking, data analytics, IP law and privacy law. Mary-Anne is a Faculty Fellow at Stanford University and a Guest Professor at the University of Science and Technology China where she gives intensive courses on disruptive innovation. Mary-Anne chaired the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia Committee that undertook a national evaluation of Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in 2012.
Mary-Anne has a passion for design led research and innovation. She works with her research team in the Magic Lab to bring science fiction to reality; the research goal is to design autonomous technologies that can learn to delight and adapt in novel situations as they collaborate with people to achieve shared goals.
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