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UCLA Global Forum in Seoul

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Friday, June 29, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

UCLA alumni and friends joined Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement Cindy Fan, for a UCLA Global Forum in Seoul at the Plaza Hotel. Professor Dennis Hong spoke on his work in Robotics, “Do Robots Need to Look Like Humans?", which combined robotic applications, innovation, and futuristic reality in one highly engaging discussion. A networking reception followed the program. The Global Forum connected members of the UCLA global community through networking, campus updates, and talks on issues of global and local importance. 

For more information, see Alumni Connect article on the June UCLA Global Forums.

About Dennis Hong

As director of a groundbreaking robotics lab, Dennis Hong guides his team of students through projects on robot locomotion and mechanism design, creating award-winning humanoid robots like DARwIn (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence). His team is known as RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) and operates at Virginia Tech. Hong has also pioneered various innovations in soft-body robots, using a “whole-skin locomotion” as inspired by amoebae. Marrying robotics with biochemistry, he has been able to generate new types of motion with these ingenious forms. For his contributions to the field, Hong was selected as a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow in 2005, given the CAREER award by the National Science Foundation in 2007 and in 2009, named as one of Popular Science's Brilliant 10.

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