City Robotics: Designing for People-Centric Mobility
Recent advancements in autonomous and intelligent machines introduce an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine how people live, work, and play. Mobility—personal or shared, passenger-use or goods-moving—can be designed to prioritize the human experience, enhancing people’s abilities to lead creative, productive, gratifying and sustainable lives.
Don Norman and Colleen Emmenegger of the UC San Diego Design Lab and Kent Larson of the MIT Media Lab jointly bring together leading scientists, engineers, designers and policymakers from across the public and private sectors to address emerging challenges in urban mobility and to explore new directions for potential futures.
Part I | Design + Make (Sept. 15-17)
MIT students and company representatives will participate in an around-the-clock workshop to brainstorm and prototype their proposals, building on the following themes (cash prize to be announced soon):
- Lite Mobility: How might we make active mobility—walking, cycling, skateboarding, etc—a universally awesome experience, or even enable new ways of travel in the city, for not just individuals, but also lovers and families?
- Socially Intelligent Robots: How might we make machines socially and sensorially emphatic to enhance the wellbeing of people and to enable a more trusting, productive and sustainable relationship?
- The New Street: How might we reimagine the street and urban infrastructure to respond to emerging challenges associated with new technology and changing modes of consumption, and facilitate sustainable community development while prioritizing the human experience?
- Urban Services: How might we reinvent the fulfillment of private/public services—delivery, collection, maintenance, etc.—to elevate the quality of everyday life in the city?
- Mobility for All: How might we provide equitable access to mobility services for poor neighborhoods and for citizens with enhanced needs?
Member company representatives are welcome to attend and participate.
Register now! — hackathon
Part II | Member Workshop (Sept. 17)
Join the UCSD Design Lab, MIT researchers and chief scientists/designers of member companies for lightning talks, sharing of new technologies and research learnings, identification of sectoral challenges, ideation on potential solutions, and review of outstanding proposals from the Design+Hack session.
Seat Limit: 2 delegates per member organization
8:30am | Breakfast
9:00am | Lightning Talks: with Don Norman, Kent Larson, Colleen Emmenger, MIT scientists and industry leaders
10:30am | Ideation Session: guided brainstorm on the future of urban robots and human-centered design
12:00pm | Lunch
1:00pm | Ideation Session
3:30pm | Hackathon Presentations
4:30pm | Judging
5:15pm | Awards and What’s Next
5:30pm | Reception: Media Lab member company representatives join student hackers for food, drink, and continued idea exchange