Robotics Rebooted

From May 15 to May 16, PTC Waterloo ran their second and final conference of 2021 on the topic of robotics with roughly 80+ registrants. The central Discord hub of the conference hosted mini-games between events, and allowed for tech-enthused students to interact with one another, the team, and our ambassadors.

Day 1

K E Y N O T E S P E A K E R 1

Robotics Rebooted launched with talk from Kerstin Dautenhan. Dautenhahn’s experience with robotics research was reflected in her presentation topic on social robots designed in a human-centred manner to interact with people efficiently. Her presentation delved into the main concepts, challenges, and research examples of social robots.

K E Y N O T E S P E A K E R 2

Katja Mombaur, a Canada Excellence Research Chair and the second keynote presenter, spoke to human-centred robots and their potential to support and facilitate people’s lives. The presentation discussed the link between robotics & AI, the kind of intelligence that robots require, and research on human-centred robotics.

career development Session

Kaustav Chaudhuri led the career development session discussing his journey to landing a manufacturing design internship at Tesla as a University of Waterloo mechatronics engineering student. Chaudhuri provided insight and advice to youth interested in exploring internships of choice from the perspective of a mechatronics student.

W O R K S H O P 1

The first day of Robotics Rebooted closed off with a workshop held by Alexander Werner of the University of Waterloo RoboHub. Werner performed livedemonstrations of robots in the University of Waterloo through controls right from his home-desk and explained the various research that the RoboHub is taking part in.

Day 2

Workshop 2

The second and final day of the conference kicked off with a technical workshop held by one of the Robotics Rebooted sponsors, Obotz, a multi-disciplinary robotics program facilitator. The workshop explored the core concepts of robotics, including motors and sensors, as well as directed attendees to explore robotics from home through a block-based coding website that assembles the code required to allow robots to work.