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Robotics & Industrial Design Disasters: CANCELLED


Wed 3 Nov 2010, 5:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Marlborough Convention Centre, 42a Alfred Street, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Vivian Wei

Victoria University of Wellington invites you to a free two-part public lecture by Professor Dale Carnegie from the School of Engineering and Computer Science and Professor Simon Fraser from the School of Design.

Robotics: Science fiction and science reality.

Professor Dale Carnegie heads the Mechatronics Research Group at Victoria University of Wellington. The goal of his group is to design robots that do not require any human involvement. This requires expertise in electronics, mechanics, sensors, control and artificial intelligence. Current projects of this group include a system of robots to locate victims following destruction of buildings by earthquakes, a robotic security guard, an underwater robot and robots to assist performance training of athletes.

Dale’s lecture explores the current state-of-the-art in various aspects of robotics research – an exploration that reveals just how far this field has progressed. Indeed, much of what we thought was science fiction is actually happening today.

Industrial design disasters.

Professor Simon Fraser is Head of the Victoria’s School of Design and calls on more than 30 years professional experience as an industrial designer with companies like Fisher&Paykel and Porsche Design in Austria where, as Assistant Design Director, he worked for leading international brands like Siemens, Sharp, Samsung, VW and Audi.

Simon’s lecture provides an insider’s perspective on an accumulation of failures, flops and fiascos that reveal how designers think, work and test the limits of design innovation. Design and innovation can be a risky business and designers regularly walk the fine line between success and failure. Too much innovation and your product may not be understood, too little and you may lose your competitive edge. We celebrate the successes while brushing failure under the carpet. Yet failure is often more revealing and fascinating than success.

Email with ‘Robotics’ in the subject line (acceptances only) or contact the Information Desk on 04-463 6700 to register your attendance by Friday 29 October.