Planetary exploration is still a priority for our nation and the world at large as a key piece of the space agenda. While no person has walked on the moon since 1972, robots are currently exploring several other planets. These robots have traditionally been remote-controlled by human operators from a ground station on Earth. However, as we begin to think about sending people to the Moon, Mars, and beyond, it is likely that a robot will work alongside the people that we send. How can we make robots collaborate with those people? How can they act autonomously in uncertain settings? How can they learn from their mistakes (and ours) to improve themselves and their ability to work with us? How do humans react when teamed with a robot? These are the questions that drive modern robotics where space is concerned.

David Feil-Seifer is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. His primary research interests are Socially Assistive Robotics (SAR), Socially Aware Navigation, Human-Robot Collaboration. His research is motivated by the potential for SAR to address health-care crises that stem from a lack of qualified care professionals for an ever-growing population in need of personalized care as well as the uses for aerial robots for emergency management and disaster mitigation.

Prior to his tenure at UNR, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University at the Social Robotics Lab under the direction of Prof. Brian Scassellati. He was awarded a National Science Foundation/Computing Research Association Computing Innovation Fellowship to support his postdoctoral work. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Viterbi School of Engineering (VSoE) at the University of Southern California (USC) under the direction of Prof. Maja Matarić. He helped coin the term, Socially Assistive Robotics (SAR), and studied its applications for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). He has been awarded the Mellon award for Mentoring, the Order of Arete, and the USC VSoE Best Dissertation award.

The lecture is included in general admission. Admission is $8 for adults and free for members and children age 17 and under.


07/26/2019 14:00:0007/26/2019 15:00:00America/Los_AngelesApollo 11 50th Anniversary Lecture: Robots Working with Humans to Explore Space by David Feil-Seifer, Ph.D.Reno, NV
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