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The History of Robots

IEEE SCV Life Member Affinity Group

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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Buffet Dinner and meeting
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Buffet dinner and meeting
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Speaker: Dave Grossman

Dave Grossman is an IEEE Fellow for his work in robotics. After a PhD in Physics from Harvard, he taught at Princeton for a few years. He spent 25 years at IBM in Yorktown Heights NY, in research and management in AI and robotics. A co-inventor of using software to calibrate robots, he pioneered robot assembly of electronic cards, 2-arm robots with collision avoidance, and 3D solid modeling. He also worked on RoboDoc hip surgery and laparoscopic robotics. After IBM, he worked at USC and then co-founded an internet company in silicon valley. Subsequently he worked on Stanford projects in the mechanical engineering department and in the medical school. He was also a tour guide at SLAC for a few years. He is currently semi-retired … which means working harder than ever but not getting paid.

Two highly unusual accomplishments: he patented a corrugated cardboard snowplow, and he built in his garage a huge cosmic ray exhibit that will eventually be installed in a science museum.

History of Robots 

A irreverent non-technical review of the history of surprisingly animate machines, from ancient Egypt to current times. Areas include teleoperators for hazardous environments, assembly systems, medical applications, entertainment, and science fiction. The talk has over 100 slides, covering such varied topics as Memnon son of Dawn, Droz’s automata, Vaucanson’s duck, cathedral clocks, Von Kempelen’s chess player, household robots, Asimov’s laws, Disneyland, dinosaurs, and movie droids and cyborgs.

Space is limited and only preregistered guests will be admitted.  There will be no late registration at the event.  There will be a cash bar in the meeting room.  Please meet your colleagues there rather than in the restaurant bar.

6:00 Check in -- Bar
6:30 Dinner
7:00 Program


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Michaels At Shoreline
2960 North Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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