Formal Robotics Education Programs: Best Practices and Future Opportunities

Thursday, October 5, 8:30am – 5:30pm

Room: 250B

The goal of the full-day Forum is to exchange ideas and best practices in formal Robotics education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Robotics Funding Opportunities in the United States

Thursday, October 5, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Room: 250A

In this forum, program directors from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will discuss the research programs and funding opportunities in robotics at these government agencies. A Q&A session will be held to answer questions from the audience. The agenda of the forum is as follows:

8:30 am            Gathering & Networking

9:00 am            Introduction of the panelists and presentations by the panelists

– Moria Bittmann, Program Director, Division of Discovery Science and Technology, NIBIB/NIH

– Steven Thomson, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA

– Cang Ye, Program Director, Foundational Research in Robotics program, NSF

– Alexander Leonessa, Program Director, Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus program, NSF

– Pinhas Ben-Tzvi, Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, NSF

10:15 am          Q & A session

11:15 am          Adjourn