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About the talk

Curiosity and imagination are the driving forces behind science fiction and groundbreaking science fact. The term "robot" was first used in fiction in 1920 by Karel Čapek. However, the idea of robots has figured in human imagination for more than two thousand years. They can be found in myths and legends as artificial people, mechanical servants, and superhuman guardians. Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for a humanoid robot around 1495: it was able to sit up, wave its arms and move its head and jaw.

As a result of curiosity and imagination we have robots today that perform delicate lifesaving surgery, drive cars, rescue people in dangerous situations, enrich the life of the disabled, and augment human bodies.

Robots of tomorrow will be social like Rosie of the Jetson's and CP3O in Star Wars. They will understand human emotion and be able to interact with people, helping them be more productive and live happier healthier lives. This talk explores the field of robotics and shows how it poised to make factual what has previously only been possible in fiction.

About the speaker

Professor Mary-Anne Williams is listed on the Robohub's top 25 women in robotics. She has a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters in Law. Mary-Anne is an ACS Fellow and leading authority on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning with transdisciplinary strengths in AI, Social Robotics, Cognitive Robotics, Machine Learning, IP Law and Privacy Law. She is Director of the Magic Lab at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS); a Fellow in the Stanford University Centre for Legal Informatics; Guest Professor at the University of Science and Technology China. Mary-Anne chaired the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia Committee that undertook a national evaluation of research in Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in 2012. She was Conference Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics in 2014, and is Review Editor for the prestigious Artificial Intelligence Journal, serves on the Editorial Board for AAAI/MIT Press, the Information Systems Journal and the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.
Mary-Anne has a passion for innovation, science, technology and engineering. She established and continues to lead the UTS Robot Soccer team and the UTS Social Robotics Project that aims to explore how Australia's only PR2 robot, whose crowdsourced name is Gutsy, can develop social intelligence in its dealings with humans.  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, adapt, and that entertain and collaborate with people.

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Contact Information

Event Manager: Mitchell Piercey
Phone: (02) 6201 9462

5:30 PM December 01, 2015

Robot Revolution

About the talk

Curiosity and imagination are the driving forces behind science fiction and groundbreaking science fact. The term "robot" was first used in fiction in 1920 by Karel Čapek. However, the idea of robots has figured in human imagination for more than two thousand years. They can be found in myths and legends as artificial people, mechanical servants, and superhuman guardians. Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for a humanoid robot around 1495: it was able to sit up, wave its arms and move its head and jaw.

As a result of curiosity and imagination we have robots today that perform delicate lifesaving surgery, drive cars, rescue people in dangerous situations, enrich the life of the disabled, and augment human bodies.

Robots of tomorrow will be social like Rosie of the Jetson's and CP3O in Star Wars. They will understand human emotion and be able to interact with people, helping them be more productive and live happier healthier lives. This talk explores the field of robotics and shows how it poised to make factual what has previously only been possible in fiction.

About the speaker

Professor Mary-Anne Williams is listed on the Robohub's top 25 women in robotics. She has a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters in Law. Mary-Anne is an ACS Fellow and leading authority on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning with transdisciplinary strengths in AI, Social Robotics, Cognitive Robotics, Machine Learning, IP Law and Privacy Law. She is Director of the Magic Lab at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS); a Fellow in the Stanford University Centre for Legal Informatics; Guest Professor at the University of Science and Technology China. Mary-Anne chaired the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia Committee that undertook a national evaluation of research in Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in 2012. She was Conference Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics in 2014, and is Review Editor for the prestigious Artificial Intelligence Journal, serves on the Editorial Board for AAAI/MIT Press, the Information Systems Journal and the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.
Mary-Anne has a passion for innovation, science, technology and engineering. She established and continues to lead the UTS Robot Soccer team and the UTS Social Robotics Project that aims to explore how Australia's only PR2 robot, whose crowdsourced name is Gutsy, can develop social intelligence in its dealings with humans.  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, adapt, and that entertain and collaborate with people.

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