Date: Sept 12, 2023 (Tuesday)  6:30 - 8:30 PM , Talk will start at 7PM

The event will be held in hybrid format, in person at ITRI , 2008 Zanker Road, Suite 103, or via Zoom, see link below.

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Seminar Abstract: 

As AI continues to advance and capture attention across diverse domains, there is a growing demand for robots capable of seamlessly integrating intelligent decision-making with physical action in real-world environments. There is an imperative for actionable robotic systems.

Furthermore, the interest is on humanoid robots that possess enhanced perception, cognition, and adaptability, mirroring human-like capabilities and also exhibit dexterity and physicality to effectively interact with their surroundings.

This seminar will provide a comprehensive presentation on the history, the current state-of-the-art in humanoid robotics, and the crucial importance of having actionable robots to complement the advances in artificial intelligence, and continue to drive progress in various fields. 

The seminar will discuss recent humanoid industry developments such as Tesla’s Optimus and OpenAI/1X Neo, as well as issues surrounding humanoid robots such as human-robot interaction, ethical considerations, and their potential impact on employment and social dynamics.

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems. 

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers on IC CAD at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds 8 US software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design. 

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter. 

Dr. Kao currently teaches Clean Technology and Emerging Technology courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.  

He has given over 100 technical seminars on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data and Data Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities,  Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, Drones, AI / Machine Learning, 5G, 3D Printing. the Metaverse and Satellite Communications.

Dr. Kao is a continuous Technology Watcher, Learner and Teacher.