NCRN Robotics: Struggle before Success (N-RSS)


Greetings NCRN Community, we are pleased to announce the virtual event "NCRN Robotics: Struggle before Success (N-RSS)", happening Thursday December 2nd, 2021 from 11am-2pm EST, featuring a talk by Dr. Leila Takayama & a dozen presentations from labs & industry partners about their research highlights. Check your inbox for detailed agenda and zoom link. Please remember to register in advance. See below for tentative agenda:

NSERC Canadian Robotics Network

NCRN Robotics: Struggle before Success (N-RSS)

Thursday, 2 December 2021

11:00am- 2:00pm (EST)

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  1. 11:00am-11:10am: Welcome
  2. 11:10am-12:00pm: Presentation by Dr. Leila Takayama: “Telepresence Robotics for Remote Collaboration”, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Abstract: As people speculate about what the future of robots in the workplace will look like, this could be a good time to realize we already live in that future. We actually know a lot about what it’s like to telecommute to work every day via telepresence robot. Coming from a human-robot interaction perspective, Professor Takayama presents her research lessons learned from several years of fielding telepresence robot prototypes in companies and running controlled experiments in the lab to figure out how to better support remote collaboration between people. Building upon that work, she will share some recent research on professional robot operators, including deep-sea robot operators. 

Biography: Professor Leila Takayama is a human-robot interaction researcher who is passionate about taking a more human-centered approach to the design of robotic systems. With a background in cognitive science, psychology, and human-computer interaction, she examines human encounters with telepresence and increasingly autonomous technologies. She is an associate professor in the Baskin School of Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also Vice President of Human-Robot Interaction and Design at Robust.AI. At Hoku Labs, she consults tech companies and non-profit organizations, helping them make more data-driven decisions about how to design and deploy autonomous products and services, including autonomous cars, service robots, home robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in the ocean, and more (

3. 12:00pm-1:30pm: Presentation by labs, featuring recent research and/or demonstrations, either showing             videos or PowerPoint presentations (90 min, 5 min per lab, and 2 min questions, if possible).

  1. Alexis Lussier Desbiens, Sherbrooke University
  2. Angela Schoellig, Univesity of Toronto
  3. Calum Cawley, McLean Engineering
  4. Dave Meger and Gregory Dudek, McGill University
  5. François Pomerleau, Laval University
  6. Hong Zhang, University of Alberta
  7. Inna Sharf, McGill University
  8. John Tsotsos, York University
  9. Joshua Marshall, Queen’s University
  10. Liam Paull, Montreal University
  11. Michael Jenkin, York University
  12. Mo Chen, Simon Frasier University
  13. Steven Waslander, University of Toronto


4. 1:30pm-2:00pm: Social event and closure via (30 min).