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FedEx Institute Will Hold First Symposium, Inspired by a Robot, Nov. 10 & 11
For release: Oct. 31, 2005
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Striving to attract the best and brightest minds in technology and beyond, the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis will sponsor its first annual symposium Nov. 10-11. The event will reflect the Institute's research and its relevance to some of the most exciting innovations of the 21st century.

This year's symposium is inspired by the groundbreaking humanoid robot PKD (Philip K. Dick), developed by the Institute in collaboration with Hanson Robotics and the University of Texas at Arlington. The symposium will explore the technical, ethical, and practical issues that surround extending, modeling, and even duplicating the human body and mind.

The program will begin Thursday, Nov. 10, with a presentation of Blade Runner , a film inspired by Dick's short story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” at 4:45 p.m. This will be followed by a discussion of “Science Fiction and the Motion Picture” led Mike Hawley, with panelists Lawrence Jasud, John Underkoffler, and Michael Rubin.

The activities on Friday, Nov. 11, will include panel discussions and a keynote address. Program events and their times are:

9-10:30 a.m. - “Future Robots, Future Worlds” with Andrew Olney and Lewis Johnson

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - “Creating Art in a High Tech World” with Michael Schmidt, Jeff Cline, Jim Lutz, and Kim Beck

1:45-3 p.m. – “Roboethics” with Stan Franklin, Sheila Hollander and David Hanson

3:30-5 p.m. – “We Can Rebuild You: Biotech” with Elias Greenbaum, Joel Bumgardner, Jack Parr, and Karen Hasty

Biomechatronics researcher Hugh Herr will deliver the keynote address at 5:45 p.m.

To register, or for more information, call 901-678-5105 or visit the symposium's Web site: http://fedex.memphis.edu/symposium.shtml

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