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(1) Cars aren't Robots (2) Shared Autonomy for Human robot Interaction in the Factory of the Future

Date: Wed 15 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 15:00

Location: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, SEMS, QMUL

This is a joint seminar of two distinguished professors well-known for their research in self-driving cars and robotics. People of particular interests in self-driving cars, robotics, future manufacturing systems, operational research, intelligent sensing, computer vision, control engineering, unmanned systems, human factors and human-machine interaction may find this seminar valuable. People in other disciplines may also find it inspiring.

Prof Timothy Gordon, University of Lincoln
Tim Gordon received his PhD in Relativistic Field Theory from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. He joined Lincoln as a Head of School of Engineering in 2014 after ten years at the University of Michigan (UM) as Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, and heading the Engineering Research Division at UM’s Transportation Research Institute. He was formally Ford Professor at Loughborough University and has worked extensively with the automotive industry. His research is based around vehicle dynamics and control, using automation for safe guidance and collision avoidance in road vehicles. His recent research is on driver modelling, safety system evaluation and the control of vehicle dynamics right up to the limits of road surface friction. During 2006-2012, he was Chair of the ‘Automated Highway Systems’ committee at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington DC. Tim is currently the president of the International Association of Vehicle Systems Dynamics and Co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Intelligent Vehicular Systems and Control.

Prof Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary, University of London
Professor Kaspar Althoefer is an electronics engineer, leading research on Robotics at Queen Mary University of London. After graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology Aachen, Germany, and obtaining a PhD in Robot Motion Planning from Kings College London, he joined the Kings Robotics Group in 1996 as a Lecturer. Made a Senior Lecturer in 2006, he was promoted to Reader and Professor in 2009 and 2011, respectively. In April 2016, he joined Queen Mary as full Professor of Robotics Engineering. His current research interests are in the areas of robot autonomy, soft robotics, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, sensing and neuro-fuzzy-based sensor signal classification with applications in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and human-robot interactions in the manufacturing environment.

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