26.11 – Can You Feel the Innovation (Tonight)
Each evening’s program will be sponsored by one of our gold partners and include 2-3 talks lasting approximately an hour to an hour and a half. These talks are pre-recorded, aired live on a weekly basis.
19:00 – TEDxZurich Talks and Q&A Session 1
19:30 – Message from Our Partner
19:40 – TEDxZurich Talks and Q&A Session 2
20:00 – Closing
Thank you for joining the stream! Talks will be published in 2021.
Meet Our Speakers
Carlo is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich, under the supervision of Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea. His research targets the development of the next generation of robotic skins. He received the B.Sc. degree in Automation Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2014 and the M.Sc. degree in Robotics, Systems and Control from ETH Zurich in 2016. Carlo was a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, and he received the ETEL Award 2017 for the best Master’s Thesis in Mechatronics at ETH Zurich.
Robots That Feel by Seeing
While modern cameras provide machines with a very well-developed sense of vision, robots still lack such a comprehensive solution for their sense of touch. The talk will present examples of why the sense of touch can prove crucial for a wide range of robotic applications, and a tech demo will introduce a novel sensing technology targeting the next generation of soft robotic skins. The prototype of the tactile sensor developed at ETH Zurich exploits the advances in camera technology to reconstruct the forces applied to a soft membrane. This technology has the potential to revolutionize robotic manipulation, human-robot interaction, and prosthetics.
Oksana Pilatova is a chemist by training, a new business developer and enabler of technological innovations by trade, and a nature and planet lover at heart. After more than two decades as a business and geographic leader in a global chemical corporation, Oksana stepped into the sustainability space as a strong proponent of sustainable technology investments for companies and large corporations. She has initiated various European consortias aiming to decarbonize energy intensive industries through advanced composites manufacturing and enabling hydrogen economy through breakthrough innovations, and she is cofounder of Swiss company ReCarbonX AG, where she focuses on blockchain based solutions for showcasing the eco-footprints of the products we consume every day. Having spent all her work time in the corporate, business and manufacturing world, and her free time outdoors (including participating in grass-roots reforestation and regeneration projects in her home country, Ukraine), Oksana is convinced that humanity can live in balance with nature and enjoy the great parts of our civilization without destroying the beauty and harmony of this planet.
Humanity, It's Time to Grow up
With every single purchase, we are voting for the products we think are deserving of our attention. But, until now, knowing which actions and purchases have a real impact has been a bit like living in the Middle Ages, when access to information was granted to the elites while remaining shrouded in mystery for the rest of us. Blockchain-based systems allow us to leapfrog into the 21st century, to connect the widespread impact of the industrial age with our personal choices. What’s more, this technology grants us – and our governments – access to the exact information and data we need in order to take full responsibility for our planet’s future. And when real consumer choice is enabled, it will become profitable for industry to create solutions that allow us – as part of nature – to thrive for many years to come.