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Robotics, Sensors, Automation, Manufacturing SIG (RoboSAM)
1st Mondays, 5:30p-8:15p
(except for holidays so see Calendar, please). We start food, networking and registration at 5:30p with program proceedings about 6:15p.  $25 early bird (until one week before the program at 5pm) /$35 after. Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free -- hint hint.

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EMT Sponsor of RoboSAM SIG

This special interest group is targeted at the folks who make the products that help make the products and people using these tools to make their own product. Got it? This includes: manufacturing and manufacturers, prototyping, sensors, signal processing, testing, measurement, vision, robotics, automation and even MEMs and semiconductors.



September 14: Robotics Everywhere: Interesting Applications

This evening, we present some leaders in the field of robotics with some applications we hope you'll find interesting.

WPI Walrus Safety Search Rescue TJ Watson

WPI Walrus and TJ Watson

2015 Intel-Cornell Cup Winner –TJ Watson of the Walrus Team will be here to present on the Walrus Rover Robot.

WPI Search and rescue robots have been in use since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. They were deployed to search for victims, identify hazardous materials, and provide human rescue crews with a thorough understanding of the dangerous environment. Robots were also deployed after natural disasters including hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Sandy, and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. These situations presented an additional challenge for rescue teams because of pervasive flooding, which could not be overcome by commercially available land rovers.

The Water and Land Remote Unmanned Search Rover (WALRUS Rover), an amphibious rover to aid in the search and discovery of survivors. It will feature shared autonomy, high-definition vision systems, payload capability, two-way communication, and advanced mobility. Such a rover would not only give relief teams more information about the situation at hand, but also eliminate the danger of sending search parties into harsh and high-risk environments. The WALRUS Rover will be capable of overcoming indoor and outdoor obstacles like stairs and rubble as well as navigating in flooded environments, enabling a wider range of mission profiles.

Thomas “TJ” Watson is a graduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with degrees in Robotics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. TJ has been working and learning in the robotics field for many years now, starting with FIRST Robotics teams in middle and high school. He spent his first two collegiate summers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory working on new and alternative forms of robotic locomotion utilizing FDM 3D printing, followed by a summer working for Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group developing AUVs. TJ worked on a team of five undergraduates to complete his qualifying project, an amphibious search and discovery vehicle named WALRUS. TJ is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Robotics Engineering at WPI.

Moderator: Peter Mongeau, Electro-Mechanical Technology Company – Hudson, MA

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Contact the Chairs if you have an interest in serving on the Steering Committee. One year+ commitment,  attendance at committee meetings and programs, ability to attract panelists/speakers/cases and organize/ moderate the program 2x a year in a timely fashion. Build a strong(er) network, meet interesting people, lead, and help. Membership included as a small reward fro us to you.

Committee: Lori Jones, David BonneauSharad Mehta, Dean Cook, Peter Mongeau


Committee Chair Lori Jones 

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Speaker’s Name:     Candace Sidner

Speaker’s Title:       Research Professor, Computer Science

Short Bio:                   Candace L. (Candy) Sidner has a long-standing interest in human communication and collaboration, and their application to agents, robots and interfaces, especially those using gesture, social behavior, speech, and natural language.  


Candy is a Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with extensive experience in industrial labs, and independent consultant on projects including the RESPECT project for health information for clinical trials. She is PI of the Always On Relational Agent project with Chuck Rich at WPI and Tim Bickmore at Northeastern University, Co-PIs. She has recently worked on multimodal (including gesture) interfaces using a humanoid robot for the role of engagement in conversation.  


Candy is a Fellow and past Councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2013, and is a senior member of the IEEE.  She has been general chair for a number of conferences, and services on two journal editorial boards.  She was also President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.  She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science.


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Company Pitch:    WPI’s Computer Science program is as diverse and varied as the field of computer science itself, offering course work and specializations in areas such as human-robotic interaction, intelligent tutoring and educational data mining, bioinformatics, computer security and privacy, and graphics and animation among many others. 

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