The Spotts Lecture
"The Disruptive Force of Robots in the Home and Beyond"
Paolo Pirjanian, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, iRobot
Feb. 26, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Ohio Northern University
About the Speaker
As chief technology officer at iRobot, Dr. Paolo Pirjanian oversees advanced technology development and engineering for product development. Prior to joining iRobot, he served as chief executive officer of Evolution Robotics Inc. for seven years. Before that, Pirjanian was Evolution’s chief technology officer, developing advanced technologies for autonomous navigation and computer vision.
Earlier in his career, Pirjanian worked as a lecturer in the computer science department at the University of Southern California and as a researcher at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he received the Technical Leadership Award. Pirjanian is the former U.S. chairman of the IEEE Robotics Industrial Activities Board and received the IEEE Robotics and Automation Early Career Award in 2004.
Pirjanian has more than 100 issued patents in robotics and related fields and holds a Ph.D. from Aalborg University in Denmark.
iRobot and iRobot product images are registered trademarks of iRobot Corporation.
About the Spotts Lecture
The Spotts Lecture series was established in 1986 to bring distinguished speakers to ONU on an annual basis to inform students of the probable professional conditions and challenges that engineers and computer scientists will face in the future.
Dr. Merhyle F. Spotts, BSME '23, Hon. D. '81, sponsor of the lecture series, graduated from Ohio Northern's College of Engineering in 1923. After 10 years in heavy and light industry, he obtained a master's degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. He wrote extensively for technical journals and was the author of four books, including Design of Machine Elements, now in its sixth edition and in worldwide use. He was the recipient of many awards and honors, among them an honorary doctor of engineering degree from ONU.
Past Spotts Lecture Series Speakers
|2013||Keng-Siang Lim, BSCE ’89, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of NextLabs. VIDEO|
|2012||Kevin E. Bennet, chairman of the Division of Engineering, assistant professor of neurologic surgery, and co-director of the Neural Engineering Laboratory, Mayo Clinic VIDEO|
|2011||Dr. Paul Polak, founder of the nonprofit International Development Enterprises|
|2010||Bob Peterson, BSME ’83, Academy Award-Winning writer and director for Pixar Animation Studios VIDEO|
|2009||Dr. Steven W. Squyres, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University|
|2008||Dr. Joseph Hager, director for Technology Transfer Programs at the Edison Materials Technology Center|
|2007||George A. Manos, general manager, Human Resources of United States Steel Corporation|
|2006||Janis Mitchell, founder of Precise Resource Inc.|
|2005||Dr. Sherra E. Kerns, president of American Society for Engineering Education, vice president for innovation and research, F.W. Olin Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering|
|2004||James R. Eifert, president of Rose-Hulman Ventures|
|2003||Gary Rutherford, president of Classic Roadsters and Sugar Sand Jet Boats and Tom Kenville, Mid-America Aviation Inc. and president of DT and J Roll-A-Ramp|
|2002||Brenda L. Reichelderfer, president of ITT Industries|
|2001||Capt. Jon A. McBride, engineer, astronaut, president and chief executive officer of Flying Eagle Corporation Inc.|
|2000||Robert Dobo, entrepreneur and retired former owner of Cape Fear Utilities Inc.|