Seminar on Implementing Robotic Systems in Hazardous Environments, May 3-4, Miami, FL

Register NowDeploying robotic systems in hazardous environments presents a variety of both benefits and challenges. TechNeeds is bringing together robotic experts from federal agencies, national research laboratories, industry and academia to address the integration of robotic systems into hazardous work environments and how they can be used to assist and support the workforce to accomplish high priority/high risk tasks.

Seminar title: Robots, Sensors & Humans – Benefits & Challenges of the Implementation of Robotic Systems in Hazardous Environments
Location: Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL
Date: May 3-4, 2017

The following three main panel discussions are planned:

  • Mobile Robots & Sensors for Hazardous Work Environments
  • Human/Robot Interaction
  • Wearable Robotic Devices/Smart Personal Protective Equipment

A roundtable discussion will follow the panel sessions, focusing on the end user perspective on the application and deployment of robotic systems and a tour of the FIU Applied Research Center facilities and live technology demonstrations of commercially available robotics and robotic technologies under development will also be included.

Details on the robotics seminar, including registration information, can be found on the event website:

Or by contacting Dr. Leonel Lagos at or 305-348-1810 or Mr. Jim Voss at the Waste Management Symposia (

List of Presenters Includes:

Mr. Rodrigo, Director, Office of Technology Development, US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM)

Dr. Gloria Kwong, Deputy Head of Division, Radioactive Waste Management, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

Dr. Joshua Mehling, Technical Discipline Lead, Robotic Systems Technology Branch / ER4 NASA / Johnson Space Center

Dr. Taskin Padir, Associate Professor, Northeastern University/ Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory

Mr. Doug Kautz, Group Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Mr. Dan Seely, Chief Technologist, Venti LLC

Dr. Mitch Pryor, Research Scientist, University of Texas – Austin

Dr. David Handelman, Senior Roboticist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Mr. Jake Deuel, Manager, Sandia National Laboratory

Dr. Troy Harden, Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Robin Murphy, Director, TEES Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) and the Center for Emergency Informatics, Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue – Texas A&M University

Dr. SS Iyengar, Director/Ryder Professor Florida International University

Dr. Young Soo Park, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Peter Neuhaus, Sr. Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Dr. Erik Engeberg, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Muthu Wijesundara, Principal Research Scientist/Head, Biomedical Technology Division University of Texas – Arlington

Mr. Marty Reibold, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Flour-BWXT|Portsmouth

Mr. David Cislo, Manager, AREVA

Mr. Sam Maggio, President, International Climbing Machines

Mr. Michael Serrato, Manager, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions



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