Video Friday: Robot Blows Up a Land Mine

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos We have a relatively brief Video Friday for you this week, because we’ve spent all week at ICRA in Montreal. Next week, look for lots of ICRA content, along with a special ICRA edition Video Friday. URC 2019 – May 30-1, 2019 – Hanksville, Utah Dynamic Walking 2019 – June 3-6, 2019 – Canmore, Alberta, Canada 2nd Annual Robotics Summit & Expo – June 4-6, 2019 – Boston, Mass., USA ICUAS 2019 – June 11-14, 2019 – Atlanta, GA, USA Energy Drone Coalition Summit – June 12-13, 2019 – Woodlands, Texas, USA RSS 2019 – June 22-26, 2019 – Freiburg, Germany Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 23-26, 2019 – London, UK ETH Robotics Summer School – June 27-1, 2019 – Zurich, Switzerland MARSS 2019 – July 1-5, 2019 – Helsinki, Finland Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

3 Questions: The social implications and responsibilities of computing

Since February, five working groups have been generating ideas about the form and content of the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. That includes the Working Group on Social Implications and Responsibilities of Computing, co-chaired by Melissa Nobles, the Kenan Sahin Dean of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and a professor of political science, and Julie Shah, associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and head of the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. MIT News talked to Shah about the group’s progress and goals to this point. Q: What are the main objectives of this working group? A: The goals of the working group are to think about how we can weave social and ethical considerations into the fabric of what the college is doing. That includes our educational mission, our research mission, and Continue reading 3 Questions: The social implications and responsibilities of computing

3 Questions: Faculty appointments and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Since February, five working groups have been generating ideas about the form and content of the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. That includes a Working Group on Faculty Appointments. Its co-chairs are Eran Ben-Joseph, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and William Freeman, the Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering. MIT News talked to Ben-Joseph and Freeman about the group’s progress and ideas at this point. Q: What are the major issues your working group was formed to address? Freeman: It’s a really big opportunity to have this college. And now we have to decide important things, such as: How does the electrical engineering and computer science department (EECS) relate to the new college, and how does the rest of the university relate to it? The big sense I got from our working group is that people really want to be included Continue reading 3 Questions: Faculty appointments and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing