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Robots in the wild, with Dr. Magnus Egerstedt

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join our conversation with Dr. Egerstedt as The Conservancy continues to broaden its conservation and restoration efforts within the park. We’ll discuss some of the challenges ahead and how people will be utilizing technology to help reverse climate change.

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When: Thursday, August 25th. Reception at 5:00PM. Program runs from 5:30 to 6:30PM.

Where: Crystal Cove Historic District, Cottage #34 deck, near Cottage check-in office at the top of the hill. Park in the Los Trancos Lot (Up to $15 day use fee applies). This is an outdoor event.

About our speaker: Dr. Magnus Egerstedt is Dean of Engineering at the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Egerstedt conducts research in robotics, with particular focus on how to model, control, and coordinate robot swarms. His robots have been deployed under water, on farm fields, in traffic, up amongst the tree canopies, and on performing arts stages. The list of his academic and professional achievements is so long that instead of putting it here, we recommend reading the Wikipedia entry on him, instead!

As technology advances, robots are leaving the carefully controlled environments we’re used to seeing them in and advancing into hospitals, homes, and farms. These robots must operate in constantly changing conditions and interact with living, growing plants, animals, and people.

In this talk, Dr. Egerstedt will be considering the question of “Robots in the Wild,” teams of robots that are deployed in natural environments for use by researchers. He’ll cover the technological and social forces behind this trend and showcase some of the efforts currently underway, including a discussion on the current state of robotics and AI. A detour into ecology, by way of studying animals with low-energy lifestyles, like the three-toed sloth, will help us understand how persistent environmental monitoring can be achieved.

Recordings of all previous Speaker Series events are available here.


August 25
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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