Grasping and manipulation, the ability to directly and physically interact with and modify objects in the environment, is perhaps the greatest differentiator between robotic systems and all other classes of automated systems. Many types of robots require the ability to coordinate tactile, vision, and proprioceptive sensing to pick-up and operate on all manner of objects, with goals ranging from providing human-like dexterity and autonomous manipulation, to high precision repeatability, and on to super human strength and endurance.
During this panel session, attendees will learn of the latest technologies and techniques commercially available to support robotics picking, grasping and manipulation, as well as solutions emerging from the lab that will allow for whole new classes of robotics applications.
3D Printing Application Engineer, HP 3D Printing
Liz Stortstrom is a 3D Printing Application Engineer with expertise in using HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology for industrial applications. She has a background in mechanical design and joined HP to support the development of the MJF technology. She now utilizes that experience to help people take their businesses to the next level with additive manufacturing. Liz received her BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides in Portland, Ore.
CEO and Co-founder, Dextrous Robotics
Evan Drumwright is CEO and co-founder of Dextrous Robotics, a Memphis-based startup automating the unloading of boxes from shipping containers with its Chopstick system. Prior to Dextrous Robotics, he was a senior research scientist at Toyota Research Institute where he developed the Drake simulator. He also was a professor in the Computer Science department at George Washington University where his work was funded by NSF, Willow Garage, Open Source Robotics Foundation/NASA, and Hewlett Packard.
Drumwright graduated from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a Ph.D in Computer Science (concentrating on robotics) under Maja Mataric. He also holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Memphis.