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Choset Will Speak at "Summer Davos"
September 08, 2011

Howie Choset, professor in the Robotics Institute, will be among four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members who will make presentations and be part of a mini-documentary being filmed at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions, Sept. 14-16 in Dalian, China.

The meeting, often referred to as “Summer Davos,” brings together global business leaders and is expected to draw 1,500 participants this year. Carnegie Mellon is one of 25 Global University Leaders in the corporate-driven WEF. President Jared Cohon attended the organization’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

On Sept. 16, Choset will join Justine Cassell, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute; Ramayya Krishnan, dean of the H. John Heinz III College, and Nathan Urban, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, for a CMU IdeasLab on Disruptive Health Technologies. Choset will discuss whether robotics can extend medical treatment to more people. Cassell will focus on human-computer interaction in regards to people with autism. Krishnan will address how data analytics can help manage societal health challenges and Urban will explain how computational approaches can improve the understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Choset and Cassell also have been invited to be part of a Sept. 14 Beta Zone panel that will examine how robotic technologies are transforming healthcare, social interaction, education and risk management. Krishnan will be part of a Sept. 16 Beta Zone panel on the future of information technologies.

Choset, Cassell and Krishnan will be part of a mini-documentary that is being filmed at the meeting. Rick McCullough, vice president for research, will be leading the CMU delegation at the Dalian meeting.

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