Smart Home Robots

13 Nov
IACS Seminar Series
Chris Jones, iRobot
Friday, November 13, 2015 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Harvard SEAS, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Lunch: 12:30pm; Talk: 1pm

The Smart Home market is forecast to be a multi-hundred billion dollar market by 2025, with a typical family home containing more than 500 connected devices and sensors by that time.  From connected lights and thermostats, to cameras and HVAC circulation vents, to door locks and chore robots.  While this market is currently seeing rapid growth with compelling market forecasts, to hit these forecasts and to achieve long-term viability, the ecosystem will need to address growing complexity and usability challenges.  It is not practical to assume the average consumer will be willing and able to configure the multitude of low-level interactions between hundreds of diverse connected devices to achieve desired high-level smart home functionality.  This talk will outline how incorporating a physical understanding of the home (e.g., maps) built and maintained by home robots can help address these challenges. 

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Chris Jones is the Director of Strategic Technology at iRobot Corporation.  Dr. Jones has over 15 years of experience in robotics research and development.  At iRobot his responsibilities are centered on long-term technology planning and strategy and fostering strategic partnerships to advance the state-of-the-art in practical robotics.  Prior to joining iRobot in 2005, he was involved in robotics research and development at the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Southern California, the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, the Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center at Sandia National Laboratories, and the Robotics Research Lab at Texas A&M University. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS)
Natasha Baker