Hallie Siegel served as Robohub's first Managing Editor - from March 2013 to January 2016 - and in that time built an international network of over 150 expert contributors and grew Robohub's readership to 75,000 unique monthly visitors. Through her communication expertise and editorial guidance, she worked directly with hundreds of robotics and AI researchers, startups, and industry members to build a unified community news platform for sharing major developments, contextualizing key issues, and engaging in discussion.
Her two main priorities at Robohub were to: 1) Create a central repository for tracking major events and developments across the breadth of the robotics field (research, business, industry, ethics, policy, government investment, and the arts) that would serve as a tracking resource for the community; and 2) to build a culture of effective science communication in the robotics community, through education and editorial support.
Key contributions toward these goals include launching and co-authoring (Feb 2014 - Nov 2015) Robohub's monthly digest; moderating the Robotics panel at the 2013 Open Innovations Forum in Moscow, developing curriculum and delivering science communication workshops at ICRA and the Skolkovo Robotics Conference, developing more than a dozen focus series on key topics like standardization in robotics, autonomous cars, regulating robotics, and the Big Deals series, which looks at why major companies like Google, Amazon and Softbank are investing in the field.
In her time at Robohub she interviewed many experts in the field, including Dmitry Grishin (Grishin Robotics), Rich Mahoney (SRI), Toshio Fukuda, and Clearpath's Ryan Gariepy. She also contributed occasional analysis, editorial and reporting:
Japanese telcos vie for share in consumer robot-as-a-service business Let’s hope that #IStandWithAhmed will help improve diversity in roboticsDoes the Small UAV industry need its own coalition?Snowden BEAMs into TED: How robotic telepresence disrupts bordersTurning the lens on robotics reporting: An interview with New York Times technology reporter John MarkoffBackground
From 2008-2010 Siegel worked at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) with Raffaello D'Andrea's research group. On her return to her native Canada in 2010, she continued to consult with various groups at ETH, including the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the European Control Association, and the Gramazio Kohler Group, for whom she wrote edited and wrote key portions of the successful CHF 13.4 million NCCR grant for Digital Fabrication.
Siegel is also an artist represented by the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto, Canada, and has exhibited internationally. Her artwork is primarily motivated by the history of disruptive technologies.
Whether working with others or on her own projects, Siegel is at heart a story teller interested in how technology shapes the human condition.
She remains an editor-at-large, seeking out important stories to tell in the disruptive technologies landscape.
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A new white paper by the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) says that as many as 2 million US manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the next ten years due to a lack of skilled workers. According to the paper: “80% of manufacturers report a shortage of qualified applicants for skilled production positions, and the shortage could cost US manufacturers 11% of their annual earnings.”
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re reposting our latest ‘25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About‘ list. Over the last four years, Robohub has featured 100 inspiring women leading future developments within robotics, with plenty more for the years to come!
Robotics has always been an interdisciplinary field – one that integrates knowledge from computer science, mechanical, electrical, controls, and other areas of engineering. But as robots move out of factories and research labs, and into our homes and workplaces, another breed of robotics expert is emerging – and an engineering or computer science degree is not necessarily part of their resume.
Nearly 60 years of American case law indicate that while robot technology has been developing by leaps and bounds, the courts’ concept of robots is confused and largely stuck in the past. If we are to depend on our legal systems for clarity — especially as new technologies take us into uncharted territory — the courts will need partner closely with technology experts to develop a more nuanced understanding of robotics. Legal scholar Ryan Calo shows us the way.
Pulitzer-Prize-winning John Markoff has been covering the technology beat at the New York Times for almost three decades, and recently published Machines of Loving Grace – a book that chronicles the evolution of robotics and AI. In this interview we turn the lens around and ask Markoff about what motivates his interest to report on robotics, and how he sees trends in robotics today being informed by people and events from the past.
Forbes has once again expanded their “30 under 30” list this year to celebrate the achievements of the up and coming; the main list now covers 20 different sectors, and an inaugural European edition has also been released, with 10 sectors. While the expansion of the list dilutes the brand (it’s more like “900 under 30”), it does highlight some interesting trends in robotics, AI and automation. Advanced manufacturing, conversational systems and human-augmented AI are key themes on this year’s list. And you’ll recognize some of these bright young minds from their contributions on Robohub.
With their near-vertical walls and deep fractures, glacier crevasses are dangerously narrow ice caves that present a huge risk to search and rescue teams. In a partnership between Flyability (Winner of the 2015 UAE Drones for Good Award) and the Zermatt Glacier mountain rescue team, drones were used to explore a remote crevasse in the Swiss Alps. The goal is to one day use the drones to help locate injured parties before dispatching a rescue team into dangerous territory, and also to help refine rescue techniques related to crevasse fall emergencies.
Following informal reports on Friday, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) officially announced yesterday the creation of a task force that will guide the development of a registration process for recreational UAVs. Until now, only commercial drone users were required to register their aircraft with the FAA. The task force, comprising representatives from government and industry stakeholders, has until November 20 to deliver its report. UPDATE 30/10/2015 FAA announces UAS Registration Task Force members.
News Brief: Dyson released its 360-Eye in Japan today — for about $1200 USD — and has also filed legal proceedings against Bosch, alleging that their longstanding rival is cheating EU energy efficiency ratings for its vacuums. Update 28/10/15: Bosch is now suing Dyson for false allegations.