This talk will provide a general overview and several examples of powerful robots that can kill people – unintentionally. It will then focus on human-transporting vehicles (self-driving cars). There are numerous significant limitations that will restrict your ability to own a self-driving car. Some of these limitations will be discussed in detail. The areas of discussion will include dynamics, customer needs, failure modes, and legal concerns.
William Singhose received an MSME from Stanford in 1992 and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1997. He then joined the faculty of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Singhose was an engineer at Walt Disney World, Apple Computers, and Convolve, Inc. He developed and installed control systems on industrial machines such as silicon-handling robots, coordinate measuring machines, and high precision air bearing positioning stages. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Dr. Singhose has developed a worldwide network of research collaborations in the area of system dynamics and command-shaping control. He also co-founded CAMotion Cranes, which has commercialized several of his technological developments for controlling cranes. His research has resulted in 5 issued patents and over 300 technical papers. Dr. Singhose has held visiting appointments at MIT, Stanford, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Polytechnic University of Madrid.