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Digital Transportation Workshop

ARPA-E held workshop on "Digital Transportation" on April 26-27, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The workshop convened leading experts in telecommunications, virtual presence, game design/entertainment, robotics, and human factors technologies to identify innovative research and development paths for advanced telepresence and telelabor technologies. Participants will lend their expertise to help set technical performance and cost targets that will define a successful research program and explore novel technology pathways. 

ARPA-E is interested in telepresence and telelabor technologies that allow the user to accomplish one or more of: (1) communication (convey or consume information), (2) labor (physically affect the environment), and (3) experience; without the need to be physically present.  This would allow users to avoid passenger transportation, reducing energy use and increasing energy efficiency of presence.  Areas of interest and targeted outcomes include, but are not limited to: 

• Identification of potential program metrics that will result in a compelling solutions, but that are also realistic for an ARPA-E program
• Telecommunication: identification of a realistic set of challenges to overcoming the “uncanny valley” issue.  These challenges might include gaze, microexpressions, lighting, body gestures, immersion, 3D audio and video, amongst others
• Telelabor: identification of the cost, payload, and level of precision and autonomy necessary for low-cost manipulator technologies
• Identification and prioritization of the required system capabilities to drive significant adoption
• Identification of ideal testing paradigms and compelling, representative user cases
• Identification of effective metrics for usability and acceptance studies
• Identification of other innovative telepresence technologies that meet the objective of increasing the efficiency of presence through reduced need for passenger transportation

Tuesday, 4/26

Time

Event

7:30-8:00 AM           

Breakfast & Registration

8:00 -8:10 AM

Welcome and Introduction to ARPA-E
Eric Rohlfing , ARPA-E

8:15 -8:45 AM

The Need for Digital Transportation and Opportunities in Telecommunication
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

 

8:50–9:10 AM

Video Everywhere
John Restrick, CTO of Video at Cisco

9:15-9:35 AM           

Second Life, High Fidelity, and the Future of Virtual Worlds
Phil Rosedale, Founder and CEO of High Fidelity

9:40–10:00 AM

Advanced Displays and Techniques for Digital Communication
Henry Fuchs, Professor of Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill

10:00-10:20 AM

Break/Networking

10:25 –10:40 AM

ARPA-E’s Program Strawman: Realistic Digital Avatars
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

10:45 –10:55 AM

Breakout 1 Overview
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

11:00 –12:30 PM

Breakout Session 1: Challenges for Telecommunication as Digital Transportation

12:30 -1:25 PM

Lunch

1:30 -1:50 PM

Communicating as Digital Humans
Jeremy Bailenson, Professor of Communication at Stanford

1:55 –2:05 PM

Breakout 2 Overview
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

2:10 –3:55 PM

Breakout Session 2: Designing the Optimal Telecommunication Program

4:00 –4:15 PM

Break/Networking

4:15 – 4:30 PM

Wrap-up

4:30 –6:30 PM

One-on-one meetings with Dr. Jason Rugolo, Program Director

6:30 PM

Informal Networking


Wednesday, 4/27

Time

Event

7:30 –8:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration

8:00 -8:10 AM

Welcome and Introduction to ARPA-E
Eric Rohlfing , ARPA-E

8:15 -8:40 AM

The Need for Digital Transportation and Opportunities in “Telelabor”
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

8:45 –9:05 AM

Current Uses of Robotics and Teleoperation in Industry
Thomas Fuhlbrigge, Global Program Manager for Next Generation Robotics at ABB, Inc

9:10 –9:30 AM

The Future of Modular Actuators and Cost at Scale
Bill Kim, CEO of ROBOTIS

9:35 – 9:55 AM

The Value of Sliding Autonomy for High Dexterity Applications
Mike McLoughlin, JHUAPL

10:00 –10:20 AM

Novel Methods of Actuation to Lower Cost and Increase Performance
Saul Griffith, Founder and CEO of Otherlab

10:20 –10:35 AM

Break/Networking

10:35 -10:50 AM

ARPA-E’s Program Strawman:  Teleoperation for Remote Labor
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

10:50 -10:55 AM

Breakout 1 Overview
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

11:00 –12:30 PM

Breakout Session 1: Challenges for Telelabor as Digital Transportation

12:30 –1:25 PM

Lunch

1:30 – 1:50 PM

Da Vinci, Taurus, and Opportunities in Teleoperation
Tom Low, Associate Director of Robotics at SRI International

1:55 –2:05 PM

Breakout 2 Overview
Jason Rugolo, ARPA-E

2:10 –3:55 PM           

Breakout Session 2: Designing the Optimal Telelabor Program

4:00-4:15 PM           

Break/Networking

4:15-4:30 PM

Wrap-up

4:30 – 6:30 PM

One-on-one meetings with Dr. Jason Rugolo, Program Director