Robotics: Past, Present and Future
Robots have been widely and successfully employed as an indispensible part of manufacturing and assembly systems in the industry for decades. On the other hand, the deployment of robotic systems into everyday life so as to enable interactions with humans has been relatively limited. The full promise of robotics is yet to arrive.
Currently, a revolution is taking place in the field of robotics enabling their deployment into our daily life, through introduction of methods that can ensure safe physical interactions of robotic agents with unstructured environments and that endow robotic systems with high-level cognitive abilities. In this talk, we will review the past, present and future trends in the field of robotics, emphasizing recent advances in soft robotics and cognitive robotics.
Volkan Patoglu graduated with a B.Sc. degree from the Middle East Technical University. He received M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering – Systems from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also recieved his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a post doctoral research fellow in Haptix Laboratory at the University of Michigan and as a post doctoral research associate in Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Laboratory at Rice University. Currently, he is an associate professor at Sabanci University.
His research interests include physical human machine interaction, design and control of robotic systems, haptics, and cognitive robotics.