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AI & Robotics roundtable

UW Science Hub invites UW faculty, UW Graduate students, and Amazon scientists to participate in launching a technical community of interest.

Building CSE2 in the sun

This roundtable event will facilitate an exchange of research capabilities, applications and interests, ahead of the Science Hub's research proposal deadline in mid-March. Featuring a mix of talks and networking, roundtable participants will have the opportunity to build and deepen connections with prospective UW and Amazon project proposers.

The event will be held in-person on the UW Seattle's campus in the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering Zillows Commons (CSE2) on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM.

Event program

1:30pm Welcome Remarks

Jihui Yang, Vice Dean of UW College of Engineering; Kyocera Professor in Materials Science & Engineering

Magda Balazinska, Director and Professor of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Joshua Smith, Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor in Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

  Sidd Srinivasa, Amazon Director of Robotics AI & Boeing Endowed Professor at the UW Allen School
1:45pm Science Hub Projects + CFP Overview
  Michael Wolf, Principal Scientist, Robotics AI & Science
2:00pm Amazon Research Problem Statements


Nicolas Hudson, Principal Scientist, Robotics AI



Nia Jetter, Senior Principal Technologist, Robotics AI


Computer Vision & Machine Learning

Drew Steedly, Senior Principal Scientist, GM ORCA, Robotics AI

2:45pm UW Faculty Lighting Talks
3:30pm Networking Reception


Lightning Talks

UW Faculty are invited to present a brief (~1 minute) lightning talk to introduce themselves. If interested, please insert a slide into this slide deck. A slide is not required to make a lightning presentation.

Graduate Student Participation

Subject to space constraints, graduate students will be welcome to participate. Graduate students whose research is relevant to the Science Hub should RSVP. We will confirm student participation by email once capacity is confirmed.


Do I need to RSVP for the event?

Yes! Please RSVP through UW by March 8th.

Where is the event being held?

University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Building: Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering

Room: Zillow Commons (CSE2)

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UW Parking Instructions

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Can I participate virtually?

We are exploring options for recording or streaming the event to share internally, but at this time, the event will be held exclusively in-person. If you are interested in connecting with UW faculty but unable to attend in-person, please complete the RSVP form, filling in your research interests, and indicate that 'no' you are not planning to attend in-person. If a streaming option becomes available, we will reach out.

Who will attend the event?

The primary audiences are UW faculty and Amazon Scientists from Robotics AI. 

What are UW COVID-19 protocol's for visitors?

The UW events team will check for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result when guests check-in at the event.

What are the details of the Call for Proposals (CFP)?

One avenue for faculty engagement is through research projects. Please see the UW Science Hub site for current Call for Proposals information. The CFP is open to all UW faculty and due March 25, 2022. Topic areas include: robotic manipulation; autonomous mobility; computer vision; machine learning; modeling, simulation, and verification; human-robot interaction.