Philly ETE 2023 — Keynote — Choreorobotics: Teaching Robots How To Dance — Catie Cuan

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Abstract

Choreographers and roboticists both organize moving bodies in space, yet the platforms and practices they employ are seemingly dissimilar. This talk describes the emerging field of choreorobotics, from dancing robots to novel programming interfaces, and why the intersection of these artistic and engineering fields is rapidly expanding. 

About Catie Cuan

Catie Cuan is a choreographer, dancer, and roboticist. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and the Inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Everyday Robots. She uses imitation learning to teach robots new tasks in human-friendly environments. Her dance background influences her interfaces and methods, situating her work into a growing interdisciplinary field known as “choreorobotics.” Her current research is supported by X (formerly Google X) and the National Institutes of Health. Catie’s artistic work has been shown nationally and internationally; she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, ThoughtWorks Arts, and TED. Catie received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley.

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The Philly Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise (ETE) is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier developer’s conference. Entering its 17th year, we’ve brought world-class speakers — including some local favorites — to speak about leading-edge technologies being used today, and emerging technologies that will be important for attendees to know about in the near future. 

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