Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Meeting: Frickin' Robots!

Speaker: Matt Follett
When: 6:30 PM Wednesday, October 19th
Where:
2414 Menard Street
Soulard, MO 63104

Abstract:

Thanks to machine learning and robotics we have amazing new technology these days, from automated vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers to bomb disposal units and war-zone safety and surveillance systems. However, this field comes with a wide array of problem spaces. From having your robot know where it is to having it navigate an area each ability has problems layered on top of each other. This talk will cover some of the problems, solutions, and history in sensing, locomotion, navigation, and overarching control systems.

Sadly, all the really cool robots are still too expensive to entrust me with, so we'll have to make do with videos.

About Matt Follett:

Matt Follett is a local software engineer who has developed a wide range of technologies over the last few years, from C++ custom network protocols to web analytics systems. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla (now Mo S&T), where he dual majored in Computer Science & Computer Engineering. He has worked for Monsanto, Boeing, Beck Automation, and Washington University as a software engineer. He is currently moving towards completing his Masters in Computer Science from Washington University while working for a local startup hoping to help make healthcare more understandable.