Professor Oussama Khatib
Department of Computer Science
Robot interactive tasks in service, health care, manufacturing, assistance, and
intervention require a host of advanced physical, social, and cognitive skills. While full
robot autonomy remains challenging, strategic intervention of humans tremendously
facilitate the introduction of robots in these emerging applications. Human-robot synergy
benefits from combining the experience and cognitive abilities of humans with the
strength, dependability, reach, and endurance of robots. This paradigm will be
discussed and illustrated in the context of Ocean One’s recent underwater expedition.
Developed in collaboration with KAUST and MEKA Robotics, Ocean One is a robotic
avatar that can go where humans cannot, while embodying human intelligence and
intentions through immersive interfaces. Teaming with DRAASM, the robot was
deployed in the Mediterranean to Louis XIV’s flagship Lune, lying off the coast of Toulon
at ninety-one meters. In the spring of 2016, Ocean One became the first robotic avatar
to embody a human’s presence at the seabed. Robot’s ability to safely work and
cohabitate with humans, and when needed to distance humans physically from
dangerous and unreachable workspaces promises to fundamentally alter work.
Together with humans, robots will assemble products on the factory floor, search for
and acquire materials in hazardous and inhospitable settings, build infrastructure for
monitoring the environment, and perform disaster prevention and recovery operations –
be it deep in oceans and mines, at mountain tops, or in space.
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