2013 NRI PI Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the first National Robotics Initiative Principal Investigators (NRI PI) meeting on October 1-2, 2013. The event, which will be held in Arlington, Virginia at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, will bring together the community of researchers, companies, and program managers who are actively engaged in the National Robotics Initiative launched in 2011. The inaugural meeting will include presentations on cutting-edge research and will provide a forum for community sharing of best practices in research, as well as the dissemination and translation of research.

The Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel is located very close to Reagan National Airport and the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle every 20 minutes from the terminal. The hotel also provides complimentary shuttle service to the Crystal City Metro station, which is a ten-minute walk from the hotel. If arriving through Dulles, take the Washington Flyer to the Metro (Orange Line) and head toward New Carrolton to the Rosslyn station, where you can transfer to the Blue Line toward Franconia-Springfield.
You can take any train (MARC or Amtrak) into Washington Union Station and then the Metro to Crystal City.
More information about hotel's location and directions here.

Day 1, October 1

Time

Event

Room

07:30 – 09:00 AM

Registration

Regency Ballroom Foyer

08:00 – 09:00 AM

Breakfast

Independence Center A 

09:00 – 10:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks and Agency Perspectives
   Session Chair Howard Wactlar (NSF CISE/IIS) Presentation
   NSF: Farnam Jahanian (CISE) and Pramod Khargonekar (ENG)
   NASA: Mike Gazarik and Rob Ambrose
   USDA: Dan Schmoldt
   NIH: William Heetderks and Grace Peng
   OSTP: Tom Kalil

Regency EF

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Break

EF Foyer

11:00 – 12:15 PM

   Keynotes I
      N. Harding, Ekso Bionics
      J. Hitt, DARPA Warrior Web

Regency EF

12:15 – 02:00 PM

Lunch and Poster Session 1 of 3

Independence Center A, B

02:00 – 3:15 PM

   Industry Panel
      The challenge of Teleoperation Robots, Paolo Pirjanian, iRobot
      Robots in Logistics, Pete Wurman, Kiva Systems
      Using UAVs for Surveillance, Helen Greiner, CyPhy Works

Regency EF

03:15 – 03:30 PM

Break

EF Foyer

03:30 – 05:00 PM

   3 Parallel Sessions:
   Co-Worker, Co-Inhabitant/Medical, Co-Protector/Space

    Co-Worker
       Multilateral Manipulation by Human-Robot Collaborative
       Systems, A. Okamura, Stanford University
       Automated Visual Yield Mapping, Stephen Nuske, CMU
       Manufacturing Industry Needs, Craig Schlenoff , NIST
       Department of Defense Needs and Opportunities,
       Jonathan Bornstein, US Army/ARL

    Co-Inhabitant/Medical
       Pill Sized Soft Medical Capsule Robots, Metin Sitti, CMU
       A Co-Robotic Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired,
       Cang Ye, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
       Industry Example, A. Jain, Redwood Robotics
       Medical Applications beyond NRI, Lyndon Joseph, NIH/NIA

    Co-Protector/Space
       Long, Thin Continuum Robots, Ian Walker, Clemson University
       Towards Humanoid Avatar Robots for Co-exploration of
       Hazardous Environments,
       Jerry Pratt, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
       Cooperative autonomous underwater vehicle networks,
       Chengyu Cao, University of Connecticut
       Overview of ONR Efforts, Marc Steinberg, ONR
 

Regency F
Regency E
Conference Theatre

 

 

05:00 – 07:00 PM

Social mingle and cocktails, Poster Sessions 2 and 3.

Independence Center A, B

07:00 – 09:00 PM

Dinner

Independence Center A

Day 2, October 2

Time

Event

Room

07:30 – 08:30 AM

Breakfast

Independence Center A

08:30 – 09:30 AM

   Education Panel / Best Practices
     Engaging in K-12 education - J. McLurkin, Rice
     A national robotics exhibition - K. McCarthy, MSI
     NRI Education Project Examples - Z. Butler, RIT
     Integrating robotics into K-12 formal STEM education for
     integrated learning - Harry H. Cheng, UC Davis

Regency EF

   09:30 – 10:30 AM

  
   Outreach Opportunities & Tech Transfer & Panel
     Tech Transfer Examples - V. Kumar, UPENN
     Bridging Research and Application - H. I. Christensen, GT
     iCorp - Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, NSF
     SBIR/STTR - Murali Nair, NSF
 
   Regency EF

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Break

EF Foyer

10:45 - 12:00 PM

   Keynotes II
     Towards Humanoid Avatar Robots for Co-exploration
     of Hazardous Environments - G. Pratt, DARPA
     Robotics 2025 - D. Johnson, Intel

Regency EF

12:00 – 01:00 PM

Lunch / Social Mingle

Independence Center A

01:00 – 03:00 PM

Tutorials in parallel - Prototyping & ROS
   ROS/Gazebo - B. Gerkey, OSRF
   Rapid Prototyping - R. Fearing, A. Dollar, M. Ciocarlie,
   M. Yim, and D. Rus

Regency E
Regency F

03:00 – 03:30 PM

Break

EF Foyer

04:30 PM

End of Meeting

Regency EF