Engineering the Future: Raffaello D'Andrea

Raffaello D'Andrea
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 16:00
Corwin Pavilion
The annual "Engineering the Future" lectureship at UCSB, hosted by the College of Engineering, for 2014 will welcome Raffaello D'Andrea — an autonomous systems visionary, co-founder of Kiva Systems and professor of dynamic systems and control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, in his presentation "Feeback Control and the Coming Machine Revolution." We are at the cusp of a revolution. We can now create machines that adapt their behavior based on their environment and the results of their actions. The enablers for this revolution are sensing, communication and computation technologies, innovative designs and novel mechanisms, and the feedback control algorithms that rule the machines. These creations will have unprecedented effects on our lives, some welcome, some not. In this talk, D'Andrea outlines how we got here, where we are going, and the consequences. About the speaker: Spanning academics, business and the arts, Raffaello D'Andrea's career is built on his ability to bridge theory and practice. At the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, his research redefines what autonomous systems are capable of. He is co-founder of Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon in 2012), a robotics and logistics company that develops and deploys intelligent automated warehouse systems. He was the faculty advisory and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, for time world champions at the international RoboCup competition. In addition, he is a new media artist with exhibitions at various internaitonal venues, including the Venice Biennale, Arts Electronica, the Smithsonian and the Spoleto Festival; his work is in the permamnet collection of the National Gallery of Canada (Robotic Chair, Table), the FRAC Centre in France (Flight Assembled Architecture) and the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Germany (Blind Juggler). Other creations and projects include the Flying Machine Arena, the Distributed Flight Array, the Balancing Cube, Cubli, actuated wingsuits and RoboEarth. This free, public event includes D'Andrea's lecture, starting at 4 p.m., followed by a reception at 5 p.m. Register for tickets here.