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Calgary Branch Luncheon: Today's State-of-the-Art in Unmanned Vehicles Systems (Robots)

11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Register by March 24, 2019

This presentation will look at the development of high-speed robotic systems for operation in highly confined spaces, such as humanitarian aid, oil and gas, mining, construction, urban search and rescue, and many others.

Alex Ramirez Serrano RobotsWe will describe the problems that need to be addressed to enable robotic systems to be deployed in confined spaces, to improve human-robot interactions, and to be trustworthy and adopted by society. Also we'll provide a technical description of new research and development work for unmanned aerial vehicles and humanoid systems that was developed to solve the challenges found in attempting to fly in confined spaces.

Two game-changing systems will be highlighted: First, highly maneuverable high-speed vertical take-off and landing of unmanned aerial vehicles and humanoid robots for operations in confined spaces such as collapsed buildings, capable of performing maneuvers that no other robots are currently able to perform. Second, artificial intelligence and new paradigms in robotic control to solve problems that have no existing solutions.

Using the methodologies developed for highly maneuverable unmanned aerial vehicles and driven by the goal of developing enhanced humanoid robots, the presentation will discuss how to extend the capabilities of current humanoids to be deployed in industrial settings. The ultimate goal is to enhance the robot's abilities to navigate in unstructured terrains while being able to change its locomotion, to walk, climb, jump, or crawl with the aid of the robot's full body capabilities (arms, shoulders, hands, knees) to increase operational capabilities, despite navigational uncertainties.

About the Presenter

Alex Ramirez Serrano PEngDr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano, P.Eng., is a full-time professor at the University of Calgary, where he has served on diverse roles, including founder and director of the Autonomous Reconfigurable Robotic Systems Research Laboratory. Dr. Ramirez-Serrano is founder and CEO of 4Front Robotics, a Calgary-based robotic company that develops drones and unmanned vehicles.

Dr. Ramirez-Serrano has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico) and two masters of science degrees, one in mechanical & aerospace engineering (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA) and the other in computer sciences in the field of artificial intelligence (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico). He also has a doctorate in mechanical & industrial engineering (University of Toronto, Canada).

His industrial experience includes mechatronic engineer at ABB Corporate Research Centre (Sweden) and research engineer at Argonne National Laboratory - West (USA). His work also includes the development of humanoid robotics with applications in pediatric care, where he employed robots to significantly reduce children’s stress, to improve the hospital experience, and to reduce staff time to apply procedures, in some cases by more than 50%.

In 2014, Dr. Ramirez-Serrano and his collaborative team with the Faculty of Medicine and the Alberta Children’s Hospital won the Prize of Excellence in World Innovation awards for his pediatric care research. He is also the recipient of the 2014 ASTech award (Alberta's highest science and technology honour) in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology & Innovation for work in game changing UAV technology. He has received many other awards. His current projects include work with diverse organizations including NASA, Genesis, and Veerum.

WhereFairmont Palliser
133 9 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2M3
DateMarch 28, 2019
Time11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Registration: 11:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.
Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano, P.Eng.

University of Calgary


Member: $50

Non-Member: $60

Students: $25

Registration DeadlineMarch 24, 2019

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