The Technology Collaboration Center is holding an Automation & Robotics Workshop, hosted by Rice University, on August 24, 2017, covering a broad range of cross-industry automation and robotics topics.

This workshop will include presentations on automation, machine learning, data analytics, managing uncertainties, and robotics, with presentations planned from Halliburton, NASA Johnson Space Center, Shell, SAS, Southwest Research Institute, Rice University, University of Texas at Arlington, Houston Mechatronics, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

This event will bring together organizations from a variety of sectors to accelerate shared awareness of the rapidly changing state of the art in automation and robotics technology, with presentations on the latest advances and unmet challenges, in a format providing an opportunity for participants to network and explore potential partnerships.

Register at or by sending an e-mail to All event participants are required to register prior to the event. Event tickets are $50 for TCC members (through noon, Friday, August 18), and $100 for non-members. Details on the event agenda and location will be provided to registered attendees, within a week of the event.

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Automation & Robotics Workshop- August 24, 2017, hosted by Rice University


​  Automation in the Oil & Gas Industry
  Drilling Systems Automation, Lessons in Industry Collaboration

Houston Mechatronics:
  The Robotics Tipping Point

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center:
​  Autonomous Robotic Cardiovascular Catheters

NASA Johnson Space Center (TCC Member):
  Modifying Exoskeletons from Mobility Assist to Strength Assessment in Humans
​  Remote Robots in Challenging Environments

​  New Technologies in the Drilling Automation Space

Rice University (TCC Member):
​  Enhancing Human Performance with Wearable Robotics
  Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now! 
  Robot Motion Planning

Shell (TCC Member):
  Rig Automation

Southwest Research Institute:
  New Technologies Enabling Advanced Robotics Solutions for Industry

Texas A&M (TCC Member):
​  Real-Time, Chip-Scale, and Label-Free Biochemical Sensing Using Mid-Infrared   Photonic Chips Tensegrity Based Manipulator Design & Control​

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (TCC Member):
  Effects of Automation Failure on Work Performance & Trust
  Scalable Sampling Based Stochastic Optimal Control for Dynamical Systems
    under High-Dimensional Uncertainties

University of Houston (TCC Member):
​  Ongoing Research Activities on Drilling Automation

University of Texas at Arlington:
​  Human Robotic Interaction in Mixed Reality

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston:
​  Development of Single Port Surgical Robot and Robotic Controlled Endovascular
​    Microcatheter

A Working Hypothesis:
​  Ethics Reversed: Protecting Advanced A.I./Robots


  8:00 – Networking Breakfast

  8:30 – Welcome
  8:45 – Presentation Panel Session
10:30 – Networking Break
10:45 – Presentation Panel Session
12:15 – Lunch
12:45 – TCC Overview
  1:00 – Presentation Panel Session
  2:30 – Networking Break
  2:45 – Presentation Panel Session

  4:00 – Adjourn