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Would You Like a Nudge from a Robot?
Thursday, July 8, 2021 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PMFree
St. Louis County Library – Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Space is limited. Registration required. REGISTER BELOW! Registrants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering.
Yun Seong Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Director, Physical Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory (pHRI Lab), Missouri University of Science & Technology
We’re all familiar with robots like unmanned drones or large industrial robots that operate in solitude. In the future, human-robot interactions that involve direct physical contact are likely to become even more ubiquitous—from social-physical robots that might assist human teachers in the classroom to versatile medical robots that tackle clinical challenges in the acute care of patients.
Carefully engineered simple, predictable and intuitive machines are key to the success and safety of physical human-robot partnerships. And while it may feel awkward to have a robot grab and pull us around, future robots may become better at it—if we understand how humans do it and let the robots learn from the ‘experts.’ Mechanical engineer, Yun Seong Song, presents what we know about physical interactions in humans and what to do next to make future robots feel more friendly and helpful, with enhanced abilities to communicate through touch.
Would You Like a Nudge from a Robot? is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership program of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library. Science in St. Louis is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.