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Online Strauss Public Lecture Series: Pediatric Robotics: A Journey from the Lab to a Child's Home
Venue: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke
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Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free

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The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine continues the 2020-21 Strauss Public Lecture Series online with the talk titled "Pediatric Robotics: A Journey from the Lab to a Child's Home" on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

It is estimated that one in six children born in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities. In this public lecture, Dr. Ayanna Howard, the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair Professor and chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, will provide a first look at how robotics and artificial intelligence are positively impacting pediatric rehabilitation.

These impairments may impact a child’s day-to-day functioning and typically last as they mature into adults. For many of these children, proper early intervention is provided as a mechanism to support the child’s academic, developmental, and functional goals from birth and beyond.

With the recent advances in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), early intervention protocols using robots is now ideally positioned to make an impact in this domain. There are numerous challenges though that still must be addressed to enable successful interaction between patients, clinicians, and robots - developing interfaces for clinicians to communicate with their robot counterparts; developing learning methods to endow robots with the ability to playfully interact with the child; and ensuring that the robot can provide feedback to the parent and clinician in a trustworthy manner.

Dr. Howard will describe examples of cutting-edge research focused on robots interacting with humans, while showing how the emerging field of healthcare robotics has the potential to enable a healthier, less stressful, equality of life – now, and in the future.

For five years, Dr. Howard led the NASA team that installed artificial intelligence capabilities in the un-manned rovers that would explore the far off world of Mars. Now, she builds bots for children with disabilities back on Ear

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The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series brings nationally renowned experts to the Roanoke community. The free public lectures are open to members of the general public as well as to Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic faculty, students, and staff. Due to the pandemic, these lectures will be offered virtually for the foreseeable future.

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