Students, researchers, and entrepreneurs interested in robotics and artificial intelligence are invited to an information session on campus to learn about the ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition.
The four-year long, global competition challenges teams to develop an avatar system that will transport a human’s sense, actions, and presence to a remote location in real time. ANA Avatar XPRIZE will award $10 million to the winning team.
Ryan Gariepy, CTO of Clearpath Robotics, and Kerstin Dautenhahn of the University of Waterloo Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory will speak at the event.
XPRIZE has designed and launched a series of high-profile competitions in fields including space, oceans, health, environment, transportation, and robotics. With the upcoming avatar competition, the organizers challenge teams to break down the barriers of time and space to allow a person to physically interact with an environment miles away.
“The winning team will integrate multiple emerging technologies to develop a physical, non- autonomous Avatar System with which an operator can see, hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as if they are truly there,” the contest website reads.
The organizers see potential for avatars to be used in various scenarios such as health care, disaster relief and for critical maintenance or repairs.
the information session will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in the Engineering 7 (E7) atrium from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
5:45 p.m. — Registration
6:05 p.m. — Talks and presentation
6:35 p.m. — Panel discussion
7:05 p.m. — Networking