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RETHINKING Obstacles: Telepresence and Bridges to the Future

ETH Zürich | Lora V. Koycheva, Markus Gross, Rafael Hostettler, Chris Luebkeman

Together we will connect the dots from Berlin to Zurich, from engineering to society, and from the present to the future.

Thriving in the face of significant adversity and overcoming obstacles is a unique human ability. Engineering embodies the resilience and inventiveness of the human spirit. It is this spirit that is, perhaps, best represented by the iconic bridges and viaducts of Switzerland. These soaring structures bridge gaps and  make new connections – making the improbable  possible. Join us and together we will connect the dots from Berlin to Zurich, from engineering to society, and from the present to the future.  “Roboy,” an advanced humanoid robot developed using artificial intelligence,  will create a special and real-time  connection to a prominent ETH Zurich and Disney Research speaker. This symposium brings together a panel of unique perspectives – an anthropologist, a roboticist, and a scientist who will showcase how embodied telepresence robotics is already building exciting, unexpected, and unanticipated bridges.

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Lora V. Koycheva

TU München, Roboy Germany

Senior Research Associate

Lora Koycheva became an anthropologist because she likes thinking, dwelling, and acting in multiples – multiple worlds, multiple perspectives, and multi-disciplinary conversations. She is first and foremost drawn to the beauty of complexity and the challenges it presents – key among them the search for the new vocabularies and realities which advanced robotics and Al demand as a change in and for the world.

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Markus Gross

Computer Graphics Laboratory, ETH Zürich

Professor / Head

Markus Gross is a Professor of Computer Science and head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Vice President of Research, The Walt Disney Studios and the director of DisneyResearch|Studios. Gross serves on the boards of numerous international research institutes, governmental organizations and has co-founded more than ten tech start-ups. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored his research with two technical achievement awards and welcomed him as member-at-large.

Rafael Hostettler

Devanthro - the Roboy Company

Born in 1985 with an unsatisfiable curiosity, Rafael Hostettler works towards a simple goal: to stay curious indefinitely. With an MSc. in Computational Science from ETH Zurich he now builds towards bio-inspired humanoid robots as good as the human body – so that at some point they can become our bodies. A logical first step: build robots that are controlled by humans in control suits, and feel as much as their own body as possible.

Chris Luebkeman

ETH Zurich

Chris Luebkeman’s career to date has spanned professions and geographies. His multidisciplinary education (geology, civil engineering, structural engineering, entrepreneurship and a Doctorate in Architecture) was encouraged by his Mid-Western family of educators. His journey included Vanderbilt, Cornell and the ETH in Zurich. He became an academic gypsy teaching courses on Design and on Technology at the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at MIT. He joined Arup in London to lead the Research and Development group in 1999 and became a corporate intrapreneur by founding the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation teams. He established the Drivers of Change program and is proud to have been accused by the Guardian to have a mindset “in league with the future”. He is deeply passionate about curating constructive dialogue, insatiably curious, relishes the opportunity to discover the opportunities which will be created by change and, perhaps most importantly, to evolve positive solutions to the profound challenges we face today. For twenty years he travelled the globe sharing his observations and insights by leading projects focused on the future for Arup, Arup’s clients and for many of the world’s leading institutions. For example, he has spoken at TED, hosted conversations at, and for, WEF and keynoted dozens of conferences around the world. He is a member of the nominating committee for the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, the external advisory Board of the URA and of Brain Trust of the Climate Music Project. He returned to the ETH in Zurich in 2020 as a strategic advisor to the President and Executive Board.

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