Disruptive Robotics: Blessing or Curse?

Prof. Sören Schwertfeger

ShanghaiTech University

DATE: 30th July 2020 (GMT +8)
TIME: 03:00 – 05:00 pm (Time in China)
LOCATION: ShanghaiTech University


In recent years robotics has gained tremendous interest not only in the research community but also by the general public. By some it is seen as the ultimate machine that will make our lives very easy by
doing all the work for us, others fear the implications of such a future regarding the job market and disruptive effect on the social order. The lecture will briefly introduce the different aspects of robotics and the tremendous recent developments like Deep Learning and the availability of powerful yet cheap sensors. Afterwards a few scenarios we be presented and discussed.

Since 2014 Sören Schwertfeger is an Assistant Professor at ShanghaiTech University. He graduated with a Diploma (German equivalent of the Master) in Computer Science in 2005 from the University of Bremen, Germany. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Jacobs University Bremen. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Robotics Group of Prof. Andreas Birk at the Jacobs University Bremen. In 2010 Dr. Schwertfeger was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, and in 2015 he spend two months as a visiting researcher at University of California, Berkeley, USA.
His research interest is in robotics, especially intelligent functions for mobile robots. Besides his work on mapping and SLAM, Dr. Schwertfeger is working on mobile manipulation and rescue robotics, object detection and robot autonomy. Sören Schwertfeger was the general chair of the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR). He is a RoboCup Executive, an associate editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine and recently published, as a guest editor, a special issue on SSRR in the Journal of Field Robotics.
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