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[Ieee_robotics] Robotics Colloquium

Adam Stambler adasta at
Wed Feb 9 15:51:45 EST 2011

Hello Folks,

There is going to be a robotics related colloquium next week.  It should be
interesting.  For more info, see below,


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From: Cindy Cutler <cindycu at>
Date: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM
Subject: ECE Colloquium - Robotics: Pathways to Transformative Research
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*ECE Colloquium*

*Robotics:  Pathways to Transformative Research*

*February 16, 2011, Wednesday, 10:00 AM*

*First Floor Auditorium, CoRE Building*

* *

*Dr. Paul Oh*

Drexel University; Associate Professor

Program Director (Robotics), National Science Foundation

Philadelphia, PA 19101

Robotics is going through a renaissance and is attracting strong academic,
industrial, agency and public support both in the US and abroad.  Since the
1950s, each generation of Americans has envisioned robot companions that
will improve the quality of life. In the past five decades, robots have
advanced, but have not lived up to expectations.  Today's unprecedented
convergence of technologies makes the near-term outlook very promising.  The
integration of mechatronics, computational power and artificial intelligence
has resulted in life-like humanoids, autonomous vehicles and planetary
rovers.  Robotics is on the verge of a tipping point that will positively
impact our lives.  Through personal reflection, this talk will explore
factors that have helped to yield transformative research in unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAVs) and humanoids. Factors to be discussed include industry
partnerships, international collaborations and working with stakeholders
outside academia.

Professor Paul Oh is the Associate Department Head at Drexel’s Mechanical
Engineering Department.  He received mechanical engineering degrees from
McGill (B. Eng 1989), Seoul National (M.Sc 1992), and Columbia (PhD 1999).
Industry experience includes positions at Oerlikon Aerospace (gun fire
mechanisms), CAE Electronics (flight simulators), Central International Law
Firm (patent handling) and Bell Atlantic (telecom networks).  Honors Include
faculty fellowships as NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (2002), Naval Research Lab
(2003), the NSF CAREER award (2004) and being named a Boeing Welliver Fellow
(2006).  He is the Director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab and also
the Founding Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics at the
US National Science

Refreshments will be served.

This is part of the ECE Colloquium Series.  Please contact Professor Yanyong
Zhang (yyzhang at for further information.
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