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Democratizing Robotics - Build your own virtual agent

Democratizing Robotics - Build your own virtual agent

The ability to conceive and build your own robot has never been closer to reality. The convergence of multiple technologies has made it possible for virtually any engineer to build their own virtual agent.

Inexpensive sensors, 3-D printing, dedicated operating systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence has paved the way to making science fiction reality.

We have some amazing speakers in store for you on August 1 at Microsoft San Francisco. There will be some special emphasis on robotics in the bay area and how you can get engaged. Learn about local companies who are performing leading edge research.

Learn about how the Microsoft Kinect team is taking their device to the next level in a special sneak preview of upcoming technology.

The speakers include Tully Foote (Robotics Open Source Operating System Manager), Rich Mahoney, PhD (Director of Robotics, SRI International President, Silicon Valley Robotics), John Dulchino (Board of Directors for the Robotics Technology Consortium), and more....

Space is limited so act now!

Due to the extraordinary demand, and due to the limited staff we have on hand for the event, seating will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis. That means we encourage people to get there early to secure a seat. The Golden gate rooms on the seventh floor can hold up to 210 people. The event will be recorded so that those who cannot make it will still be able to enjoy it later.

Check out more info including the video after the event at http://robotics.softwarebase.org/

 


Bruno Terkaly

From 6:30 PM to 6:40 PM

 

Rich Mahoney

From 6:40 PM to 7:05 PM

 

Tully Foote

From 7:05 PM to 7:30 PM

 

Break

From 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM

 

Eddy Escardo Raffo

From 7:45 PM to 8:10 PM

 

John Dulchinos

From 8:10 PM to 8:35 PM

 

Ian Sherman

From 8:35 PM to 9:00 PM

 

Panel Discussion

From 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM


Name
Rich Mahoney, PhD

Title
Director of Robotics, SRI International, President, Silicon Valley Robotics

Abstract
Rich will review the lay of the land in the emerging service robotics market in the Bay Area, including an overview of companies and R&D trends in leading edge robotics.

Bio
Rich is the Director of Robotics at SRI International in the Engineering R&D Division, best known to date as the origin of Intuitive Surgical. His group today performs research at the cutting edge of robotics for DARPA and commercial companies seeking to establish a market position in robotics. In the last year, both Redwood Robotics (JV with Willow Garage and Meka) and Grabit have spun out of his group. Before joining SRI, Rich spent 11 years developing robotics products in the rehabilitation and personal care markets. Most recently, he was the GM for Motorika USA, Ltd, a venture-backed company focused on robotic stroke therapy devices. Rich received hs PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University, while attending on a Fulbright Scholarship, and his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.


Name
Tully Foote

Title
ROS Platform Manager

Abstract
Robotic development is flourishing leveraging the open source model. One of the primary drivers is the ROS (Robot Operating System) project. Find out where ROS came from, what's going on in at the moment and how you can get involved.

Bio
Tully Foote is the ROS Platform Manager at the Open Source Robotics Foundation. His work at the Open Source Robotics Foundation is a continuation of his work at Willow Garage where he focused on ROS development, building core tools and libraries to support the ROS community. Prior to Willow Garage he worked on all three DARPA Grand Challenges, twice on the Caltech team and in the Urban Challenge on the University of Pennsylvania team. He is also the co-creator of the TurtleBot, a platform designed to expand the availability of robotics to new communities.

 


Name
Eddy Escardo Raffo

Title
SENIOR SDE, Kinect for Windows DEV

Abstract
This session is PowerPoint free and will focus on hands-on examples with the Kinect device. The talk will kick off with a high level view of the Kinect sensor, using the KinectExplorer sample, showcasing the color stream, captured video, audio properties (beam angle, source angle, and confidence) and more. In addition, the depth, skeleton, and accelerometer settings are explored. The next sample, InteractionGallery, will illustrate how Kinect users can navigate through a slideshow and how a semi-transparent body shape can be overlaid on top of the background. Such things as button pushing, and grip actions to control the picture viewer, playing or pausing video, or scrolling page contents will be demoed. The KinectFusion sample illustrates the new color integration abilities and provides 3D object scanning and model creation. This allows the user paint a scene with the Kinect camera and simultaneously see, and interact with, a detailed 3D model of the scene.

Bio
I’ve been a developer in the Kinect for Windows team for over 2 years, when we delivered the first beta. I’ve tended the forums, the audio API layer, many samples and, more recently, the interaction stream we released this spring and an HTML5 adaptation layer that will be released soon.

 


Name
John Dulchinos

Title
President and CEO, Adept Technology
Board of Directors for the Robotics Technology Consortium

Bio
Hands-on C-level executive with over 25 years experience building, leading and inspiring successful teams and global high-tech organizations in private and public companies ranging in size from $10 million to $100M in revenues with career focus on robotics and automation. Strong communicator and respected thought leader recently appearing on 60 Minutes and in the New York Times on the role of robotics in re-shoring of manufacturing.

Abstract
Learn from an expert in the field about what it’s like to play a hands-on role launching products in to the mobile robot market. Get some insight about the trends in the industry and how to define strategies for successful R&D and product launches. Discover how robots are automating manufacturing and how re-shoring of manufacturing requires some special approaches. Entrepreneurs are entering the robotics space. Learn how to navigate in this exciting, growing world of automation.

 


Name
Ian Sherman

Title
Lead Engineer, Bot & Dolly


Bio
Ian Sherman is the lead engineer at Bot & Dolly, a design and engineering studio in San Francisco working to advance motion control and automation as a creative medium. For the past two years Ian has led the software development effort at Bot & Dolly, building tools to make modern robotics accessible in industries such as film, stage, and architecture.

Abstract
Robots don't just inhabit the future - they're already here, many of them deployed on factory floors around the world. But a combination of impenetrable user interfaces and market fragmentation still leaves them accessible to only a small, specialized audience. Hear how Bot & Dolly is working to change this, and what we've learned from working with industrial robots in novel domains.


Bruno Terkaly From 6:30 PM to 6:40 PM Rich Mahoney From 6:40 PM to 7:05 PM Tully Foote From 7:05 PM to 7:30 PM Break From 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM Eddy Escardo Raffo From 7:45 PM to 8:10 PM John Dulchinos From 8:10 PM to 8:35 PM Ian Sherman From 8:35 PM to 9:00 PM Panel Discussion From 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM


Special Kinect Offer to committed developers,

As you may know, BASE is planning a Robotics meet up at the beginning of August. Several notable Robotics experts will be present. The Microsoft Kinect team will also be presenting.

They will be discussing the brand-new as yet unreleased Kinect device and an exclusive invitation to apply for the "Kinect for Windows Developer Kit Program."

This program allows developers to get the new device and the SDK before everybody else. The Kinect team is looking for committed developers who are pushing the boundaries and have great ideas for touch free applications, and even robotics. The program fee is $399 and offers unprecedented benefits:

1. Direct access to our engineering team
2. Exclusive access to pre-release SDKs
3. Private access to all API & sample docs
4. Pre-release/alpha sensor
5. New RTM sensor next year

Apply Now (thru July 31)
http://aka.ms/k4wdevkitapplication

 


Host
Bruno Terkaly (Developer Evangelist - Microsoft)
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  • Ron L.

    Any news on posting the recording?

    August 17, 2013

    • Bruno T.

      Yes, in progress. Thanks for asking.

      August 21, 2013

  • Alec D.

    Great meetup by Bruno & Andra of SV Robotics:
    - interesting speakers -- all experts on their topics
    - complete agenda and bios so we can know what's coming
    - great SF venue block away from Powell St BART

    August 9, 2013

  • Chad F.

    A+. More events like this, please! Also one about 3-D printing

    1 · August 2, 2013

    • Chad F.

      Cool! Thanks for the heads up

      August 4, 2013

  • Linh V.

    hi all, when will the recording of the event be up?

    August 4, 2013

  • dave h.

    Fantastic meet up!

    Bruno- Thanks for organizing!!
    DroneDeploy- You guys rock!!
    Andra- Special thanks to you!!
    Speakers- Chapeau!

    August 4, 2013

  • Bruno T.

    I love the way the speakers and the BASE members engaged during and after the event. After the event, there were many interesting conversations and the exchanging of cards. One of the many highlights of the night was giving this 9 year old boy who attended (I think 9?) some swag and a pep talk about learning robotics.

    August 2, 2013

    • Aneta K.

      Thank you for that! He is 8, goes to robotics camp during the day, watches robot videos at night, and loves watching robots at work on factory tours;) He happens to love sound tech stuff, so the speaker was a hit!

      2 · August 2, 2013

  • Chuck H

    Thanks Bruno! Lot's of great information. Looking forward to the video as I couldn't stay till the end.

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm an experienced iOS dev that would really like to get into this area. Let me know if anyone needs any iOS help.

    August 2, 2013

  • Eduardo E.

    Hi, guys! This is Eddy from Kinect for Windows team. If you guys are more curious about the new Kinect sensor capabilities and are interested in getting an alpha dev kit as soon as it comes out, please email k4wdevkit<at>microsoft.com

    Thanks for coming to the event!

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great range of speakers all with interesting viewpoints on the future of robotics.

    August 2, 2013

  • Eugene C.

    Best meetup since last years' Robotics meetup @MSFT! Top notch speakers, great venue and host. Looking forward to more events like this.

    August 2, 2013

  • Karen B.

    Topic and content were great (5 stars). Started late, so I could not stay until the end, so that was disappointing.

    August 2, 2013

  • Aneta K.

    Thank you, Bruno, for organizing and gracefully emceeing. Thank you speakers for your thoughtful and engaging presentations. Thank you Microsoft for hosting, thank you DroneDeploy for the pizza, thank you all for the Q&A!

    August 2, 2013

  • Brian P.

    All speakers were amazing in their own perspective views. Thanks to the speakers for introducing us to some of the tools and giving us a better sense of direction about where our technology is advancing to. Looking forward to more of these events; thanks Bruno, and Microsoft.

    August 2, 2013

  • Tuan

    Thanks to Bruno, colleagues, and Microsoft, and for hosting an amazing event. Speakers were fantastic. Tip hat to them. Many thanks to Mike and Jono at DroneDeploy for the pizza.

    Wondering if we could get copies of the speakers' ppt slides for research purpose. Just a gentle request.

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Carlos L.

    Excellent MeetUp!
    Great talks; same topic dealt from a variety of perspectives. Very enlightening.
    Many thanks to the speakers, organizers and host.

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Michael

    Excellent meetup, great speakers. Thanks to the organizers and MSFT.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed listening every bit to this very interesting session about robotics.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Jose De D.

    Bruno Great Job on putting Democratizing robotics together! Keep up the amazing work man you ROCK!

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Pearl V.

    Very interesting talks and demos. Kinect was fun and engaging. Hope to see more sessions like this.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • JungHak L.

    Great event! I really enjoyed listening all the topics, and the Pizza!
    Thanks to Bruno and Microsoft for organizing and hosting the event.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Sarn W.

    Excellent talks. Great speakers. Thanks for organizing this wonderful event.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Chunyan

    One of the highest quality meetups I've been to. Great line up, inspiring talks!

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Gary K.

    Incredible meetup! Great speakers, demos, and panel discussion. Thanks to the organizers for putting this on, and to Microsoft for hosting.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Andra

    Wow, lots of great questions too - drawing really interesting responses

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great and super interesting talks! Thanks to the organizers and speakers for making this event happen:)

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Roberto Bertini R.

    Wow, the videos from Bot & Dolly were awesome and beautiful! Great to see robotics and art together!!

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Andra

    Great talks - fascinating to see the role Kinect has played in robot evolution - and will in future

    August 1, 2013

  • David N.

    Kinect demo was the most interesting. Great speakers talking about what we all want to hear and know. Awesome event!

    August 1, 2013

  • Artashes A.

    Kinect demo was fun!

    August 1, 2013

  • jason

    best meetup I have been to so far, great great speakers, industry bests, and awesome attendance and food, definitely coming back, it's a lot of fun, and learning a great deal

    August 1, 2013

  • Adam G.

    HAve to cancel due to work

    August 1, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Giving up my spot. Enjoy!

    August 1, 2013

  • Keith B.

    Ended up needing to be in Oregon. Will catch the video!

    July 31, 2013

  • Michael L.

    I've set up a subdomain for this event on the BASE Website for the video to be hosted on after the event. Check it out here: http://robotics.softwarebase.org/

    July 31, 2013

  • Peter P.

    Overcommitted.

    July 31, 2013

  • Tim S.

    I like to talk about robots that other people build

    July 31, 2013

  • Tom T.

    A suggestion re recordings of meetups, please see the group "Adobe Creative Cloud Lovers." All recordings of meetups are in one place, under "Discussions", "Message Board", in a folder titled "All RECORDED Meetings!" (which is push-pinned to the top) of the list. For some reason, the BASE group has eliminated the "Discussions" heading at the top of the page. Thanks.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Manuel

    Want to, going camping. Please keep me posted.

    July 29, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Fight joint disease with the Kinect!

    July 29, 2013

  • Scott P.

    Web and mobile engineer

    July 29, 2013

  • Bill S.

    I'll be there

    July 24, 2013

  • Ayori S.

    Are there any emerging or experimental languages impacting AI and Robotics that you can highlight and resources/communities related to the languages?

    July 22, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Jr. Developer ready for challenges to take on along with any language with any technologies from web, to mobile, to PC software.

    July 20, 2013

  • Bruno T.

    We may have a panel discussion. What type of questions should we ask?

    July 20, 2013

  • Aneta K.

    not to miss event!!!

    July 16, 2013

  • Tuan

    I am currently building a multi-agent system for wild forest fire using NetLogo as a simulator. Can't wait for this exciting event.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    no comments

    July 15, 2013

  • Edward M.

    guest = Maria Low

    July 15, 2013

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