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2015 Agenda


Robots Transforming Lives

Special Thanks to Ford Motor Company
Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of Michigan Robotics Day



8:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Michigan Robotics Day Introduction – Phil Callihan, Director, Strategic Projects, NCMS

9:05-9:15 AM Welcoming Remarks – Rick Jarman, President & CEO, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

9:15-9:30 AM Event Congressional Greeting – The Honorable Debbie Dingell, US House of Representatives

9:30-10:15 AM Morning Keynote- Craig Stephens, Chief Engineer, Controls Engineering in Ford Research & Advanced Engineering

10:15 Message from Governor Rick Snyder

10:15-10:30 AM Break

10:30-11:10 AM Morning Panel How Drone Technology is Set to Transform Michigan

Lt. Chris Bush- Michigan State Police
Danny Ellis- SkySpecs
Ella Atkins, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Harry Arnold- Detroit Drone

11:15-12:00 Keynote- Navigation and Mapping for Self-Driving Robotic Vehicles

John J. Leonard, Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Associate Department Head for Research in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

12:01-12:05 State Recognition Michigan Robotics Day – State Representative Gretchen Driskell

12:05-1:00 Lunch Autonomous Vehicle Q&A (outside)

1:00-1:05 PM Welcoming Remarks- Professor Dawn Tilbury, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

1:05-1:20 PM University of Michigan: Robotics Research Highlights- Assistant Professor Cindy Chestek,  University of Michigan

1:20-1:30 PM Mobility Transformation Center- Professor Huei Peng, University of Michigan

1:30-3:30 PM Demonstrations, Break-outs

1:30-2:30 PM Break Out Sessions with Discussion Facilitators

Session #1- Autonomous Automobiles and Active Safety

Professor Huei Peng, University of Michigan

Session #2- FIRST/Robofest/Lego Robotics Teams

2:30-3:30 PM Break Out Sessions Continued

Session #3- Powered Prosthetic Limbs

Assistant Professor Deanna Gates University of Michigan
Assistant Professor Cindy Chestek, University of Michigan

Session #4- University Robotics Degree Programs

Assistant Professor Giscard Kfoury, Lawrence Tech University
Assistant Professor Stan Baek, University of Michigan- Dearborn

3:30-3:45 PM Recognition of Outstanding FIRST & Robofest Teams

3:45-4:00 PM Final Demonstrations