CMU Silicon Valley welcomes Ed Koch

Date/Time: April 12, 2016, 1:30 pm (PT) / 4:30 pm (ET) 

Location: CMU Silicon Valley Campus: Bldg 23, Rm 118

Open to Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff only

Telerobotics for Remote Asset Inspection

Assets such as levees, bridges, electrical power infrastructure, pipelines, facilities, etc. require periodic visual inspection often at great effort and even danger. The use of telerobotics promises to make these inspections more timely, cost-effective, and safe. Recent developments in the fields of robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, mobile computing, computer vision, and deep learning have opened the possibility to develop telerobotic platforms that will allow remote operators to perform asset inspections in real time. This talk will give a survey of this emerging field and outline the necessary technologies and hurdles yet to be overcome before the use of telerobotic platforms for remote asset inspection can be fully realized.

Ed Koch has over 30 years experience leading teams in the engineering of control systems for a wide variety of applications specializing in distributed control and autonomous systems. Ed Koch is currently the co-founder of Automodality doing research in autonomous mobile systems and telerobotics. Ed Koch was previously co-founder and CTO for Akuacom, Inc., a leader in Automated Demand Response (ADR) software, acquired by Honeywell International in May 2010 where he served as Senior Fellow for four years. While at Akuacom/Honeywell Ed Koch also served as the Chair for the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) Standards Working Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He helped drive the development of the OpenADR protocol and the founding of the OpenADR Alliance where he served on the board of directors. Ed Koch continues to be actively involved in various Smart Grid standards efforts with various government and nongovernment bodies.

Prior to founding Akuacom, Ed Koch was co-founder and CTO of Coactive Networks. Previously, Ed Koch managed the Automotive Systems Department of Navteq, where he led the development of the first automotive Route Guidance Systems, which are widely deployed today. He holds over 20 patents, has authored numerous journal articles and led standardization efforts for the Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems and Consumer Electronics Associations. Ed Koch holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.