Texas A&M Robotics Symposium features all-female speaker lineup


The 2015 Texas A&M Robotics Symposium will be held in College Station on Jan. 21-22 in room 2005 of the Emerging Technologies Building. It will host talks by 18 world-renowned thought leaders in robotics and automation.

The symposium will start with a keynote address by Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy from University of California, Berkeley. Each speaker at the symposium will be giving a high-level, accessible talk focusing on her current research.

The list of invited speakers for the symposium is composed entirely of women famous in the field of robotics research, a first for any major robotics conference. The expertise of this collection of internationally recognized robotics researchers covers the spectrum of robotics and automation. 

The symposium is co-located with the ICRA 2015 Senior Program Committee (SPC) meeting, which will be held Jan. 23-24. The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is a premier international forum for robotics researchers and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference. IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the largest association of technical professionals boasting more than 400,000 members worldwide.

Dr. Nancy M. Amato, Unocal Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and senior director of honors programs in the Dwight Look College of Engineering, is hosting the ICRA 2015 SPC meeting and is the program chair for ICRA 2015, which will be held May 26-30, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.

“While the main objective of the SPC meeting is to select the papers and plan the conference program, we just had to take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from such a remarkable cadre of robotics and automation researchers from around the world,” Amato said.

The Texas A&M Robotics Symposium is open to all interested attendees. The event is sponsored by the Parasol Lab and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M. While registration is complimentary, attendees are asked to register in advance of the symposium so that catering for breaks and lunch, which will be provided, can be arranged. Registration is available at http://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_77FtBPJMBoHZPH7.