June 22, 5pm UTC [Chair: Krzysztof Walas; Moderator: Dimitrios Kanoulas]
Speaker 1: Jonathan W. Hurst - Co-founder and CTO, Agility Robotics
Title: Agility Robotics: Building Robots to Work in Humans Spaces
Abstract: Deploying robots in the real world requires a valuable use case, turned into a business case. There are no shortage of use cases; and robots are just about ready to break out of the bolt-down special-purpose realm, and into our world of hallways, stairs, sidewalks, and crowds. This talk will present an update on Agility's progress towards the goal of operating in human spaces, while making a business around the continually improving capabilities.
Bio: Jonathan W. Hurst is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Agility Robotics, as well as an Associate Professor of Robotics and College of Engineering Dean’s Professor at Oregon State University. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in robotics, all from Carnegie Mellon University. His university research focuses on understanding the fundamental science and engineering best practices for legged locomotion. Agility Robotics is taking this research to commercial applications for robotic legged mobility, working towards a day when robots can go where people go, generate greater productivity across the economy, and improve quality of life for all.