Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions at RoboDevelopment Conference

The RoboDevelopment Conference & Exposition is international technical design and development event for personal, service, and mobile robotics industry. The event will take place November 18-19, 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. This year’s RoboDevelopment Expo features Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions. The discussions provide an opportunity for conference attendees to break into smaller peer groups to discuss some of the most important topics in robotics and robotics technology. Discussions are open to attendees that have registered for the conference program pass and will take place on Tuesday, November 18 at 12:00pm in the Expo Hall. Topic experts from Velodyne Lidar, Microsoft, Willow Garage, and Inspired Energy will be on hand to moderate and steer the discussions.

Sensors, Sensing and Robot Vision
Moderator: Bruce Hall, President, Velodyne Lidar
Commercial robotic applications require a vast range of sensors and vision systems to detect information about the physical world and navigate through it. Specialized devices have been developed to meet various sensing and vision needs such as location, orientation, displacement, velocity, acceleration and force. This discussion will focus on sensors and vision technology, including overcoming difficulties and newly available enabling technology.

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
Moderator: Kyle Johns, Principal Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
Join your peers to discuss the latest developments involving Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio, a Windows-based software development kit (SDK). This powerful SDK can be used to design, develop and test robotics applications for a variety of hardware platforms. It includes a lightweight REST-style, service-oriented runtime, a set of visual authoring and simulation tools, as well as tutorials and sample code. The Developer Studio, which is well supported by both Microsoft and a large development community, has been widely adopted by hobbyist, academic and commercial developers.

Linux and Open Source Solutions
Moderator: Steve Cousins, President and CEO, Willow Garage
Many robots are controlled by microcontrollers, but an increasing number of robotics systems are employing Linux to take advantage of multitasking, built-in networking, communication libraries, device drivers and other capabilities. In addition to Linux operating systems, many other open source solutions are available for developing robots and robotic technology including robot control software, matrix libraries, toolkits and simulation software.

Batteries and Power Technology
Moderator: Dave Baggaley, Sales & Marketing Director, Inspired Energy
Attend the Batteries and Power Technology discussion to hear about power technology and have your questions answered. Power is the lifeblood of any robotic system and leading gating factor to widespread use of robotic systems. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of types and styles of batteries available for use in robots, and advanced battery systems are continually being released.

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