LCSR Seminar – Life After Graduate School: Careers in Robotics A Panel Discussion With Experts From Industry and Academia

December 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Ashley Moriarty

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Life After Graduate School: Careers in Robotics
A Panel Discussion With Experts From Industry and Academia
A Special LCSR Career Development Seminar

Please join us with a panel of robotics experts to discuss careers in robotics.

The panelists are:

Amy Blank, PhD
Senior Software Engineer and Manager
Barrett Advanced Robotics
Boston, Massachusetts,

Muyinatu Bell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Whiting School  of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Peter Kazanzides, PhD
Research Professor
Department of Computer Science
Whiting School  of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Cara LaPointe, PhD
Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy
Assured Intelligent Systems Program Manager
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Moderator: Louis Whitcomb

Panelist Bios:

Amy Blank, PhD

Dr. Amy Blank is a Senior Software Engineer and Manager at Barrett Advanced Robotics, Boston, Massachusetts, ( where she previously was Senior Software Engineer.   Dr. Blank received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University om 2006, and completed her PhD in the topics of proprioceptive motion feedback and task-dependent impedance and implications for upper-limb prosthesis control in 2012.    She conducted post-doctoral research at LCSR on the topic of hybrid force/position control for teleoperation under large time delay using the Whole Arm Manipulator, and the da Vinci Surgical System master console,
and post-doctoral research at Rice University developing novel hardware, control algorithms, and haptic feedback systems for an EMG-controlled robotic grippers.

Muyinatu Bell, PhD

Dr. Muyinatu Bell is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, where she founded and directs the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab. Dr. Bell earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (biomedical engineering minor) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006), received a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University (2012), conducted research abroad as a Whitaker International Fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom (2009-2010), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins University (2016). She is Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (T-UFFC), Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and holds patents for short-lag spatial coherence beamforming and photoacoustic-guided surgery. She is a recipient of multiple awards and honors, including MIT Technology Review’s Innovator Under 35 Award (2016), the NSF CAREER Award (2018), the NIH Trailblazer Award (2018), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2019), the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award (2019), and Maryland’s Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2019). She most recently received the inaugural IEEE UFFC Star Ambassador Lectureship Award (2020) from her IEEE society.

Peter Kazanzides, PhD

Peter Kazanzides received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Brown University in 1988 and began work on surgical robotics as a postdoctoral researcher at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He co-founded Integrated Surgical Systems (ISS) in November 1990 to develop the ROBODOC System, which has been used for more than 20,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries. Dr. Kazanzides joined Johns Hopkins University in 2002, where he is appointed as a Research Professor of Computer Science. His current research is in the areas of medical robotics, space robotics and augmented reality.

Cara LaPointe, PhD

Dr. Cara LaPointe is a futurist who focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, ethics, and leadership. She is the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy which works to ensure that autonomous systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy as they are increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives. During more than two decades in the United States Navy, Dr. LaPointe held numerous roles in the areas of autonomous systems, acquisitions, ship design and production, naval force architecture, power and energy systems, and unmanned vehicle technology integration. At the Deep Submergence Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), she conducted research in underwater autonomy and robotics, developing sensor fusion algorithms for deep-ocean autonomous underwater vehicle navigation.  Dr. LaPointe has served as an advisor to numerous global emerging technology initiatives and she is a frequent speaker on autonomy, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other emerging technologies at a wide range of venues such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Dr. LaPointe is a patented engineer, a White House Fellow, and a French American Foundation Young Leader. She served for two Presidents as the Interim Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Oceanographic Engineering awarded jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and WHOI, a Master of Science in Ocean Systems Management and a Naval Engineer degree from MIT, a Master of Philosophy in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.


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