STEM@Starlight September 16, 2013
A Modern Day SkyNet: Robots, Rovers and Aircraft
Exploration of the diversity in applications, challenges
and opportunities associated with robotics and remote sensing.
Members of the academic and economic development community in and around Greenville met as part of the STEM@Starlight series to participate in a panel discussion on robotics and remote sensing.
STEM@Starlight is a collaborative venture between ECU, NCBC, and SigmaXi intended to explore issues impacting Eastern North Carolina. Featured panelists included Wiley Nifong, Director of Robotic Surgery at East Carolina University; Kyle Snyder, Director for the NextGen Air Transportation Center at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University with off site activity occurring in Hyde County; Zhen Zhu, Visiting Professor of Engineering at ECU, formerly of Northrop Grumman Corporation; and Ryan Danell, President and founder of Danell Consulting whose clients include small start-up companies, large multinational instrument companies as well as research institutions and universities, a subcontractor to NASA.
Brief presentations on the state of the art in robotic surgery, nonmilitary applications of autonomous aircraft, autonomous control systems, and monitoring extraterrestrial environments by mass spectroscopy, were followed by questions from the audience and panel-led discussions on challenges and opportunities that the technologies represent for East Carolina University and Eastern North Carolina. The interesting topic, highly qualified panelists, and engaged audience led to an informative and stimulating evening with productive networking.
Michael R. Van Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor (Interim)
Division of Research and Graduate Studies