Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.
Location: Henry Angus Building, main lobby, 2053 Main Mall, UBC. Map: https://bit.ly/2yzVCkr
Parking: West Parkade. Map: https://bit.ly/2z19rXl
Event details: UBC will unveil one of seven new robotic floor cleaners the university has procured for cleaning on campus.
The robot uses artificial intelligence developed by A&K Robotics, a startup company led by graduates from the UBC Sauder School of Business, department of mechanical engineering, and faculty of arts.
Media will have an opportunity to see the robot “trained” by UBC custodial staff to cover a path on the floor, and witness how it responds to challenges when moving autonomously.
A&K Robotics worked closely with UBC Building Operations to develop the technology, which will now be used to clean the same floors the company’s founders once walked as students.
The partnership between UBC and this growing tech company brings to life the themes of collaboration and innovation embedded in UBC’s new strategic plan.
Peter Smailes, UBC vice-president of finance and operations
Gail Murphy, UBC vice-president of research and innovation
John Metras, UBC associate vice-president of campus facilities
Anson Kung, A&K Robotics chief technology officer
Pamela Voigt, UBC superintendent of custodial services
Ariel Ramirez, UBC custodial services head service worker
Jessica Yip, A&K Robotics chief operating officer
Kelly Marcolin, A&K Robotics business development
Video B-roll: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0wbcbfoxqbfytzz/AAD9XN1ifO3oNVDWjeu1OP5Ca?dl=0