(Mar. 5, 2015) -- Coming to theaters Mar. 6, the film Chappie is about the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. The filmmakers claim that this story "will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever."
UTSA mechanical engineering assistant professor Pranav Bhounsule is an expert on two-legged robots and human-robot interaction. His research focuses on motion control of humanoid robots.
Could robots like Chappie become part of our every day society?
"It seems impossible as of now. But who knows?" shares Bhounsule. "Not long ago, mankind thought that flying planes, GPS, and internet was fiction. Today we have these technologies and they have impacted every one of us in a major way. I hope the same for robots like Chappie."
As far as the current state of robot technology, he says there are already robots that are better and more effective than humans but they are built and programmed to do very specific tasks, like cleaning the floor or picking up items from a conveyor belt.
"A more generic robot that looks and moves like a human, a humanoid robot, could be at least as versatile as a human, if not better," says Bhounsule. "But current humanoid robots are very limited in their capability. We have not been able to get robots to: think like humans, a problem in artificial intelligence; see and distinguish like humans, a problem in sensing and perception; and move like humans, a problem in dynamics and control."
The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives hosts this free breakfast to kick off a new school year and a new opportunity to volunteer at mentoring organizations in our community.
Whataburger, 8680 Fourwinds Dr., San Antonio
As part of the International Cooking Series, the experts in the UTSA Demo Kitchen will show you how to make this stuffed bread Latin dish. Register for this cooking demo here.
Recreation Wellness Center Demo Kitchen, Main Campus
UTSA's annual sustainability festival, showcases the university’s and the City of San Antonio’s progress on researching and developing sustainable solutions to improve the quality life for future generations.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The institute will feature a performance from Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion.” Manuel Medrano will premiere a documentary on Ybarra’s career. Two people receive free admission with a voucher available here.
Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Get involved and register to vote. Click on the link to find out the locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses.
Multiple locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses
Learn about products and services available for studying, working, and making it to graduation! Speak directly to OIT managers, provide feedback on UTSA tech, and have your voice heard! Lunch and OIT gear provided. RSVP at: www.utsa.edu/oit/sic.
University Center, Denman Ballroom (2.01.28), Main Campus
Come meet the candidates looking to take home the crown as Mr. and Ms. UTSA 2017-2018. This is your opportunity to hear the candidates platform and learn how they plan to represent and transform UTSA.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA's Friends of Shakespeare hosts this annual performance seried by Actors from the London Stage, Sept. 27, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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