Elizabeth Croft, BASc’88 – Future of Robotics

UBC100: What's Next?

Elizabeth Croft

Moderated by Marc Parlange – Dean and Professor, UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science

The topic of ‘human-robot interaction’ will still be a hot one in 100 years. The tools may change but the problems, such as “How do people and robots get along?” will remain the same. Questions surrounding what robots should do; and how we can share, operate safely, communicate, take turns, teach robots, and generally get along together will continue to be problems requiring solutions. The efforts we make to establish the ‘rules of engagement’ now will certainly be foundational to our future relationships.

Elizabeth Croft was featured in the video “A Robot in Every Home” in the February 2015 online issue of Trek Magazine.

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Elizabeth Croft BASc’88 – Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UBC &
Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC

Elizabeth A. Croft, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow Engineers Canada, Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development for the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC.  As director of the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CARIS) Laboratory at UBC, Dr. Croft’s research investigates how robotic systems can behave, and be perceived to behave, in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner, and how people interact with and understand robotic systems. Applications of this work range from manufacturing assembly to healthcare and assistive technology. Elizabeth has received numerous academic and community awards including Engineers Canada Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession, an NSERC Accelerator award, a YWCA Women of Distinction Award and WXN’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada.


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