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Robots: An Exhibition of U.S. Automatons from the Leading Edge of Research
Highlighting the WTEC International Study of Robotics

SPONSORS

Junku Yuh
Head, Tokyo Office
Office of International Science and Engineering, NSF
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, 1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 107-8420
Phone: +81-3-3224-5505
Fax: +81-3-3224-5507
Email: jyuh@nsf.gov

Dave Lavery
Program Executive for Solar System Exploration
Mission and Systems Management Division
NASA
Mail Suite: 3C66
NASA Headquarters
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546
Phone: 202-358-3097
Email: dlavery@mail.hq.nasa.gov

Grace Peng
Program Director
Division of Discovery Science & Technology
NIBIB/NIH
607 Democracy Blvd, Suite 202
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-451-4778
Email: Penggr@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Grace Peng manages the bioinformatics and computational biology program at the NIBIB, including the development of intelligent methods and models for robotic surgery, robotic simulators and robotic devices for rehabilitation telehealth and neuroengineering.

Christine Kelley
Director
Division of Discovery Science & Technology
NIBIB/NIH
607 Democracy Blvd, Suite 202
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-451-4778
Email: Kelleyc@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Christine Kelley has responsibility for the overall management and leadership of the following scientific programs: advanced biomaterials, bioinformatics, biomechanics, biosensors, drug and gene delivery, medical devices and implant science, mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis, lab-on-a-chip technologies, rehabilitation engineering, tissue engineering and telemedicine.

John Haller
Acting Director
Division of Applied Science & Technology
NIBIB/NIH
607 Democracy Blvd, Suite 202
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-451-4780
Email: hallerj@mail.nih.gov

Dr. John Haller has expertise in the area of image-guided surgery. Biomedical sensors (CT, MRI, ultrasound, etc.) provide the "eyes" for robot-assisted surgery. Surgical robots, biopsy techniques, gamma-knives and other semi-autonomous devices all require images for navigation and targeting. NIBIB programs support the combination of advanced robotic devices with high resolution, real-time imaging to provide more accurate and minimally invasive surgeries.

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ROBOTICS EXPERTS

Mario Rotea
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Purdue University
315 N. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2023
Phone: 765-494-6212
Fax: 765-494-0307
E-mail: rotea@purdue.edu

Dr. Mario Rotea is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue University. Since January 2005, Dr. Rotea has been the program director for control systems in the Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems, Engineering Directorate, at the National Science Foundation. His program supports advances and novel developments in control and decision-making strategies with broad applicability to civil, mechanical and aerospace systems, including mechatronic and robotic systems and multiscale dynamical systems.

Gil Devey
National Science Foundation
Engineering/Division of Bioengineering & Environmental Systems
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 2230
Phone: 703-292-7943
Email: gdevey@nsf.gov

Gilbert B. Devey (1946, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science, electrical engineering) joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1965 as a program director for engineering systems, retiring in 1981 as a member of the Senior Executive Service. During that period, he pioneered NSF support of research projects in biomedical engineering, an activity that brought him recognition as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a fellow of the America Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers, and an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. From 1969-1970, he was executive secretary of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on the Interplay of Engineering with Biology and Medicine, funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine how engineering principles might contribute to the solution of problems in biology and medicine. In 1975, he received the American Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Foundation Award. During the years 1981-2001, Mr. Devey provided consulting services on medical technologies to a number of government agencies, medical device firms, academic institutions and professional societies; in particular, the American College of Radiology and the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology. Since 1993, Mr. Devey has served NSF part time as a program director in the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities Program. He joined the Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center, under the Department of Radiology at the Georgetown University Medical Center, in 1995 as a senior advisor for technology program development.

Leon Esterowitz
National Science Foundation
Engineering/Division of Bioengineering & Environmental systems
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 2230
Phone: 703-292-7942
Email: gdevey@nsf.gov

Semahat Demir
National Science Foundation
Engineering/Division of Bioengineering & Environmental Systems
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 2230
Phone: 703-292-7942
Email: sdemir@nsf.gov

Radhakisan Baheti
National Science Foundation
Engineering/Division of Electrical & Communication Systems
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 2230
Phone: 703-292-8339
Email: rbaheti@nsf.gov

Use of robotics for introducing engineering concepts to K-12 students; autonomous robots playing soccer, walking robots, air hockey robots, cooperative robotics, vision guided robotic therapy and surgery.

Paul Werbos
National Science Foundation
Engineering/Division of Electrical & Communication Systems
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 2230
Phone: 703-292-8339
Email: pwerbox@nsf.gov

Dr. Paul Werbos, an IEEE fellow, has won the IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award for
developing fundamental algorithms for learning systems. He has funded projects and published papers on the use of learning and brain-like designs to achieve breakthrough
performance in robotics, and coordinated the joint NASA-NSF-EPRI funding of robotics for space assembly in 2002 (NSF 02-098).

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