MAY 3, 2017

PLENARY SESSION – ROBOTICS APPLICATIONS & NEEDS ACROSS AGENCIES
Location: FIU Graham Center (GC 140)
Session Chair/Moderator: Jim Voss, WM Symposia

Representatives from national and international government agencies will discuss important key issues related to robotics and how they can be used to support their respective missions. Integration of robotic systems into hazardous work environments and how they can be used to assist and support the workforce to accomplish tasks are among a number of topics that will be presented. Specific problems/needs will be identified and the associated challenges and constraints with developing and integrating the systems will be discussed.

Time Presenter Title Affiliation
8:45 - 9:10 AM  Mr. Rodrigo Rimando Director Office of Technology Development DOE EM
9:10 - 9:35 AM   Dr. Gloria Kwong Deputy Head of Division, Radioactive Waste Management   OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
9:35 - 10:00 AM     Dr. Joshua Mehling    Technical Discipline Lead, Robotic Systems Technology Branch / ER4 NASA / Johnson Space Center  

PANEL 1A ‒ MOBILE ROBOTS & SENSORS FOR HAZARDOUS WORK ENVIRONMENTS
Location: FIU Graham Center (GC 140)
Session Chair/ Moderator: Leonel  Lagos, FIU-ARC

Over the last few decades, there has been a significant effort from the robotics community to develop systems that can assist in the execution of tasks that are either dangerous or difficult for the workforce to accomplish. These tasks could involve hazardous environments or be located in areas that are impossible for people to reach. This panel will provide insight into some of the technical challenges and needs from the federal agencies and potential solutions or technical areas that need to be improved. To generate a broad perspective, discussions will be provided by leaders from the federal agencies, national research laboratories, industry and academia.

Time Presenter Title Affiliation
10:15 - 10:45 AM Dr. Taskin Padir Associate Professor

Northeastern University/  Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory

10:45 - 11:15 AM  Mr. Doug Kautz Group Leader   Los Alamos National Lab
11:15 - 11:45 AM Dr. Dwayne McDaniel  Principal Scientist FIU’s Applied Research Center
11:45 - 12:15 PM Dr. Mitch Pryor Research Scientist University of Texas - Austin

PANEL 1B: MOBILE ROBOTS & SENSORS FOR HAZARDOUS WORK ENVIRONMENTS
Location: FIU Graham Center (GC 140)
Session Chair/ Moderator: Tom Nance, SRNL

Continuation from Panel 1A.

Time Presenter Title Affiliation
1:30 - 2:00 PM Dr. David Handelman Senior Roboticist Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2:00 - 2:30 PM Mr. Jake Deuel Manager Sandia National Lab
2:30 - 3:00 PM Dr. Troy Harden Technical Staff Member Los Alamos National Lab
3:00 - 3:30 PM   Dr. Robin Murphy   Center for Robot - Assisted Search and Rescue  Texas A&M University  

MAY 4, 2017

PANEL 2: HUMAN/ROBOT INTERACTION (HRI)
Location: FIU Graham Center (GC 140)
Session Chair/ Moderator: Kevin Cooper, Indian River State College

Human–robot interaction is a relatively young multidisciplinary field which includes human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, robotics, natural language understanding, design, and social sciences. For this session, discussions will focus on assessing the application areas of HRI targeted for use in hazardous environments. Issues related to robot sensing, mobility, navigation, planning, integration, and tele-operated control are also key in developing systems that require interactions with humans.

Time Presenter Title Affiliation
8:30 - 9:00 AM Dr. SS Iyengar Dean, Director / Ryder Professor Florida International University
9:00 - 9:30 AM  Dr. Robin Murphy Center for Robot - Assisted Search and Rescue Texas A&M University 
9:30 - 10:00 AM Dr. Young Soo Park Principal Mechanical Engineer Argonne National Lab

PANEL 3: WEARABLE ROBOTIC DEVICES/SMART PPEs
Location: FIU Graham Center (GC 140)
Session Chair/ Moderator: Paul Dixon, Los Alamos National Lab

Workers at national research laboratories and at other agency sites often perform tasks that can be repetitive, monotonous, and labor intensive for extended hours. These activities can result in fatigue on the human body, and at times may create safety hazards for the workers. Robotic devices such as wearable robotics and smart personal protective equipment (PPE) can often be of great value in terms of reducing the physical stress incurred by the worker. This session will focus on how robotic devices can be useful to the workers by assisting them in their tasks. Needs, technology development, customization and ease of adaptability by the end user will be some of the significant topics of discussion. The objective of the session will be to assess the existing and emerging robotic technologies and their customization to the needs of the workers with the goal of improving their safety, quality, efficiency, and productivity.

Time Presenter Title Affiliation
10:15 - 10:45 AM   Dr. Joshua Mehling Technical Discipline Lead, Robotic Systems Technology Branch / ER4 NASA / Johnson Space Center  
10:45 - 11:15 AM Dr. Peter Neuhaus Senior Research Scientist Florida Institute for Human
and Machine Cognition
11:15 - 11:45 AM Dr. Erik Engeberg Associate Professor  Florida Atlantic University
11:45 - 12:15 PM   Dr. Muthu Wijesundara Principal Research Scientist/Head, Biomedical Technology Division University of Texas - Arlington

Dr. Eric Daimler - Hear from the former Presidential Innovation Fellow, Office of Science and Technology Policy / Executive Office of the President / White House.
Location: FIU Graham Center (GC 140) 
1:30 - 2:30pm

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: THE HUMAN FACTOR – APPLICATIONS AND DEPLOYMENTS OF ROBOTIC SYSTEMS – END USERS PERSPECTIVE!
Location: FIU Graham Center (GC 140)
Session Chair/Moderator: Rod Rimando, DOE EM

A significant effort in the research community has focused on developing robotic systems that can assist the workforce with their tasks. Quite often, these systems are being developed without input from the end users who will ultimately evaluate the usefulness of the system. This session will include input from national research laboratories and industry on how the development and deployment of robotic systems can benefit by integrating end user guidance in the early stages of development with the intent of maximizing the utilization of system.

Time

Presenter Title Affiliation
3:15 - 4:05 PM Mr. Marty Reibold Director, Strategic Initiatives Fluor-BWXT|Portsmouth
4:05 - 4:25 PM Mr. David Cislo Manager AREVA
4:25 - 4:45 PM   Mr. Sam Maggio President International Climbing Machines
4:45 - 5:05 PM Mr. Michael Serrato Manager

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

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