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

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

This event brought 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.

PRESENTATIONS (click on title to download presentation):

​  Moray Laing:  Observations on Collaboration for Drilling Automation

  Robello Samuel:  Journey Ahead to Cyber Drilling System

Houston Mechatronics:
  Matt Ondler:  Robotics – Trends, Technology & Tipping Point

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center:
​  Stephen Igo:  Autonomous Robotic Cardiovascular Catheter Navigation

NASA Johnson Space Center (TCC Member):
  Andrea Hanson:  Exoskeletons: From Mobility Assist to Strength Assessment
​  Joshua Mehling:  Remote Robots in Challenging Environments

National Oilwell Varco:
​  Robin Macmillan:  NOV Automation

Rice University (TCC Member):
​  Lydia Kavraki:  Robot Motion Planning
  Marcia O'Malley:  Enhancing Human Performance with Wearable Robotics
  Moshe Vardi:  Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now 

Shell (TCC Member):
  Mark Anderson:  Drilling Automation

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

Texas A&M (TCC Member):

  Raktim Bhattacharya:  Tensegrity Based Manipulator Design & Control​
​  Pao-Tai Lin:  Real-Time, Chip-Scale, and Label-Free Biochemical Sensing Using Mid-Infrared Photonic Chips 

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

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

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

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston:
​  Daniel Kim:  Microsurgical Robot: World’s Smallest Surgical Robot

A Working Hypothesis:
​  Paul Frenger:  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