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AE 585 Seminar Series - Humans and Automation Taking Flight: a perspective on symbiosis

Daniel Patt, PhD
Thursday, October 4, 2018
4:00 PM
1009 - Boeing Lecture Hall Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building Map
Humans and Automation Taking Flight: a perspective on symbiosis

Daniel Patt, PhD
Chief Executive Office, Vecna Robotics
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis

In this talk, Dr. Patt offers a perspective on historic and future automation technology, and how this might affect human roles in aviation. This talk is grounded in perspectives from across his career as an engineer and leader. He presents a theoretical framework for considering the symbiotic role of humans and automation across shared objectives. This framework is applied to flight automation, and the payoff and obstacles to self-flying aircraft are considered. Several examples from his career are presented, including flight test video.

About the Speaker:

Daniel Patt, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of Vecna Robotics, a leading commercial robotics and industrial automation technology provider. Vecna Robotics has unique artificial intelligence technology for resilient orchestration of diverse autonomous systems, industrial equipment, and human capabilities. Dr. Patt also serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis (CSBA), a leading policy research institute located in Washington, DC. Previously, Patt was the Deputy Director of DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office. At DARPA, he led development of a strategy for renewed conventional military advantage focused on achieving decision superiority and risk distribution. He led investments enabling robust distributed systems architectures in a technology portfolio including command and control; communications and networking; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Patt held a senior leadership position at a small aerospace research and development firm specializing in autonomy and the rapid prototyping of complete air vehicle systems. Dr. Patt has previously worked at Fortune 50 research and development firms developing advanced unmanned systems and has also worked in the automotive industry. He has engineering experience in robotics, air vehicle flight testing, dynamics analysis, adaptive control, learning systems, systems integration, human interface, and health monitoring. Dr. Patt holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Building: Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Engineering
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Aerospace Engineering