Lockheed Martin Robotics Seminar: Socially Assistive Robotics Right Now

Friday, November 6, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Online seminar. Registration is required.

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Socially Assistive Robotics Right Now: The Need for Personalized Embodied Systems for In-Home Support of Health, Wellness, Education, and Training
Maja Mataric'
Chan Soon-Shiong Distinguished Professor of
Computer Science, Neuroscience and Pediatrics
University of Southern California
The nexus of advances in robotics, NLU, and machine learning has created opportunities for personalized robots for the ultimate robotics frontier: the home. The current pandemic has both caused and exposed unprecedented levels of health & wellness, education, and training needs worldwide, which must increasingly be addressed in the home. Socially assistive robotics has the potential to help address those needs through personalized and affordable in-home support. This talk will discuss human-robot interaction methods for socially assistive robotics that utilize multi-modal interaction data and expressive and persuasive robot behavior to monitor, coach, and motivate users to engage in health, wellness, education  and training activities. Methods and results will be presented that include modeling, learning, and personalizing user motivation, engagement, and coaching of healthy children and adults, stroke patients, Alzheimer's patients, and children with autism spectrum disorders, in short and long-term (month+) deployments in schools, therapy centers, and homes. Research and commercial implications and pathways will be discussed. 

Maja Mataric´ is Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at USC, founding director of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center and Interi Vice President of Research. Her PhD and MS are from MIT, and BS from Kansas University. She is Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, and AAAI, recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring from President Obama, Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Innovation, NSF Career Award, MIT TR35 Innovation Award, and IEEE RAS Early Career Award.  She is very active in K-12 outreach, and authored "The Robotics Primer". A pioneer of the field of socially assistive robotics, her research group works on human-robot interaction methods for SAR-support therapy for convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education for children with autism spectrum disorders, stroke and traumatic brain injury survivors, and individuals with Alzheimer's Disease.  She is also co-founder of Embodied, Inc. 

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Contact: appicard@umd.edu

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