This year I’ll be presenting my research on real-time motion planning at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015). This years ICRA is being held in Seattle, WA, and being my first trip to Seattle, I’m eager to explore the nearby wilderness via foot and kayak. Fortunately a good friend and paddling partner, Ben Waxman, has graciously allowed me to crash at his apartment and agreed to take me to some of the local rivers.
In the spirit of diversifying this blog with more sci/tech posts – which was the original intent of this blogging project – I’m also planning to take the opportunity to post about the conference itself. When I attended ICRA 2013 in Germany, I was blown away by the level of sophistication of many of the demonstration robots. The conference is a great opportunity to observe the state-of-the-art in a rapidly progressing field. I’m hoping I’ll be able to convey the excitement and importance of what is being developed in the world of automation; not necessarily and easy task when most talks are dense and esoteric.