Keynote: Future technology and robotics in the classroom

Abstract

Robotics as a technology offers opportunities and poses challenges in terms of how we work, educate and live our lives in the future. 

How long has the technology come? What are the specific challenges we need to tackle in order to make the technology more user friendly and easy to use?

This presentation will give a short overview of the historical development of the area and show recent examples of the research questions that are being tackled. Systems that have been used for educational and training purposes will be described. The presentation will also address some of the ethical questions that may arise when such technology is used.

About Danica Kragic Jensfelt

Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. Her research is in the area of robotics, computer vision and machine learning.

She received a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems.

Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Young Academy of Sweden and holds a Honorary Doctorate from the Lappeenranta University of Technology.

 In 2012, she received an ERC Starting Grant. Her research is supported by the EU, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and Swedish Research Council.