CITRIS STAFF
CITRIS Big Data Seminar Series 9/23
October 8, 2013 - 8:53pm
SSB 170
Apr 08 2016
AbstractOur global freshwater ecosystems continue to degrade in environmental quality despite the numerous and often repeated studies that indicate best practices to prevent degradation.  For example, in the last 60 years numerous studies have documented the drivers and influences of cultural eutrophication as well as the impacts of invasive species establishment to ecosystem function. Scientists and engineers have developed models and conducted natural experiments demonstrating ecological changes and economic losses  resulting from alterations in natural flow regime of rivers; yet...
Apr 06 2016
Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans. LAWS might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate enemy combatants in a city, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. The artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics communities face an important ethical decision: whether to support or oppose the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).The UN has held three major meetings in Geneva under the...
Apr 01 2016
AbstractAfter nearly 20 years in academia featuring several papers with "real-world" in the title, I recently left academia to found a company that commercializes one of our robots. The small, autonomous watercraft have the ability to dramatically change how water data is collected. In this talk, I will describe some of the challenges and issues I've encountered as we take cutting edge technology from this community and put it in the hands of end users. In the course of the effort, I've learned that research and commercial success are not always compatible, but that some of...
People and Robots Mar 30 2016
The proliferation of mobile electronic devices and the emergence of applications such as wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things have brought energy consumption to the fore of challenges for future information-processing devices.  The energy efficiency of a digital logic integrated circuit is fundamentally limited by non-zero transistor off-state leakage current.  Mechanical switches have zero leakage current and potentially can overcome this fundamental limit.  This seminar will describe recent progress toward realizing the promise of ultra-low-power mechanical...