APRIL 16, 2019

Mel Siegel

Professor Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University

I have been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, The Robotics Institute since 1982, shortly after the Institute's founding. I am the Founding Director of the department's Master of Science in Robotics Technology program, conducted in collaboration with partner universities primarily in China and India. In July 2017 I transitioned to Emeritus Professor. All my academic degrees are in physics: undergraduate degree from Cornell and PhD under Nobel Laureate John L. Hall at JILA, a joint-institute of the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado - Boulder. Between undergraduate and graduate studies I served two years in the very early Peace Corps, where I taught physics and math at high school and undergraduate university levels at Achimota School, Accra, Ghana, and traveled extensively in West and Central Africa. Between my post-PhD academic career in physics and my subsequent academic career in robotics I spent eight years as research and development director of a custom-designed scientific instruments company. My research areas in robotics include sensing, perception, and human-machine interfaces. In most of the last 25 years I taught the Robotics Institute's graduate-level core course in Sensing, Sensors, & Perception. During the 2011-2012 academic year I took partial leave-of-absence from CMU to serve as Founding Chairman of the Physics Department and the Robotics & Mechatronics Department in the School of Science & Technology at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, an innovative new university whose academic organization and whose science & technology curriculum we had created during the preceding two years.

Sessions participant

10:00 11:00

Robots: Down by Law

Sergei Korolev
14:00 14:30

The Energy Crisis in Robotics

Pyotr Kapitsa