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Wednesday October 11, 2006, 12:30-14:00
Convention Hall No. 1, Level 2


  Awards Presentation Luncheon and Plenary Talk II :



Co-existing with Robots



Prof. George A. Bekey

University of Southern California


One of the major developments in robotics in recent years has been their increasing closeness to humans.  In this talk we will review three aspects of this trend: Robots in and on our bodies, robots in the home, and robots in society.  In the latter part of the talk we will discuss some of the emerging psychological, sociological and ethical issues which may arise as a result of this co-existence.



George A. Bekey is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and founder of the Robotics Research Laboratory at the University of Southern California. His research interests include autonomous robotic systems, multi-robot cooperation and human-robot interaction. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA. During his USC career he was Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department and later of the Computer Science Department. In the late 1990s he served as Associate Dean for Research of the School of Engineering. He has published over 200 papers and several books in robotics, biomedical engineering, computer simulation, control systems, and human-machine systems. His latest book entitled "Autonomous Robots" was published by MIT Press in May 2005.

Dr. Bekey is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE, the AAAI, and the AAAS. He has received a number of awards from professional societies and from USC.

George officially retired from USC in 2002, but continues to be active on a part-time basis at the University, as well as in consulting and service on the advisory boards of several high technology companies. He recently led a major program funded by NSF and NASA to ascertain the status of robotics R&D worldwide. He is Editor in Chief of the journal "Autonomous Robots" and a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is affiliated with a medical devices startup company in San Luis Obispo and a robotics startup in Los Angeles. He also teaches part-time in the Biomedical Engineering program at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.