Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Maurice Fallon

Maurice Fallon.

University of Oxford.

Maurice Fallon is a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford. His research is focused on probabilistic methods for localization and mapping. He has also made research contributions to state estimation for legged robots and is interested in dynamic motion planning and control. Of particular concern is developing methods which are robust in the most challenging situations by leveraging sensor fusion.

Dr. Fallon studied Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin and graduated in 2004. His PhD research in the field of acoustic source tracking was carried out in the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge within the Signal Processing Group.

Immediately after his Ph.D., he moved to MIT. He worked as a post-doc and a research scientist in the Marine Robotics Group from 2008-2012. From 2012-2015 he was the perception lead of MIT's team in the DARPA Robotics Challenge - a multi-year competition developing technologies for semi-autonomous humanoid exploration and manipulation in disaster situations. The MIT DRC team competed in several phases of the international competition, finishing 7th.

From 2014, he was a Chancellor's Fellow and Lecturer at University of Edinburgh. There he led research in collaboration with NASA's humanoid robotics program before moving to Oxford in April 2017.

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Eugenio Culurciello

Eugenio Culurciello.

Purdue University.

Eugenio Culurciello (S'97-M'99) received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004 from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. He is an associate professor of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Mechanical Engineering, and of Psychological Sciences in the College of Health & Human Sciences at Purdue University, where he directs the ‘e-Lab’ laboratory. His research focus is in artificial vision systems, deep learning, hardware acceleration of vision algorithms. His research interests include: analog and mixed-mode integrated circuits for biomedical instrumentation, synthetic vision, bio-inspired sensory systems and networks, biological sensors, silicon-on-insulator design. Eugenio Culurciello is the recipient of The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE (CASS), and is the author of the book "Silicon-on-Sapphire Circuits and Systems, Sensor and Biosensor interfaces" published by McGraw Hill in 2009, and "Biomedical Circuits and System, Integrated Instrumentation" published by Lulu in 2013.
In 2013 Dr. Culurciello founded TeraDeep, a company focused on the commercialization of cloud system, embedded and neural network hardware for understanding images, videos, unstructured data.



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Thomas Whelan.

Oculus Research / Facebook.

Dr. Thomas Whelan is currently a Research Scientist at Oculus Research in Redmond working with the Surreal Vision team. Previous to this he spent one year as a post doctoral research fellow at the Dyson Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London, lead by Prof. Andrew J. Davison. He was previously a Ph.D. student at the National University of Ireland Maynooth under a 3 year post-graduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council. In 2012 he spent 3 months as a visiting researcher at Prof. John Leonard’s group in CSAIL, MIT funded by a Science Foundation Ireland Short-Term Travel Fellowship. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science & Software Engineering from the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2011. His research focuses on developing methods for dense real-time perception and its applications in SLAM, AR and VR. He is the principal author of two widely used open source real-time dense SLAM systems, ElasticFusion and Kintinuous.