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Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with Computer Science Engineering students in the Autonomous Mobile Robots course at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Laurel Riek asked me to talk with students about SAP’s Augmented Reality themes and also to demonstrate a robot we have been using in our campus curriculum projects.  The description of the one semester class is as follows:

• This course introduces the fundamental computational problems of autonomous mobile robots, including locomotion, sensing, perception, control, mapping, and planning. We will also explore current research topics in the field, such as social robotics, healthcare robotics, and driverless cars. Because robotics is an inherently physical science, this course is entirely group project-based, and students will practice concepts learned in class on Turtlebot robots during weekly programming assignments. The class also has a final capstone project that includes an exhibition at the Annual Notre Dame National Robotics Week Event (ND-NRW) in April, a community science outreach event.

Dr. Laurel Riek is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science Engineering, Affiliated Faculty in Bioengineering, and Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Riek’s research interests include robotics, human activity understanding, and healthcare engineering. She focuses on designing autonomous robots able to sense, respond, and adapt to human behavior. Her work also tackles real-world problems in healthcare, by designing robotics and sensing technology to improve patient safety, as well as to aid in mental and behavioral healthcare.

I spoke to the students about robots and the Future of Work and provided an overview of SAP Innovations related to Augmented Reality in use cases for Field Service, Retail Execution, Warehousing, Maintenance, Manufacturing and Healthcare.  Students demonstrated some of their current work with the Turtlebot robots and they were also able to control the robot I brought to the class. It was an enjoyable and information packed session.

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