2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

One Robot Doesn't Fit All

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 6AB
531 E 4th St

The robots aren’t coming: they’re already here. While today’s robots don’t look like the automatons we’ve seen in sci-fi movies, in point of fact much of what we take for granted today is a result of everyday robots. To highlight the opportunities and concerns that we should have as we enter the robot age, we present a conversation with three speakers working on designing and researching with robots today. Thavidu Ranatunga is CIO at Fellow Robots in Silicon Valley. Wendy Ju is a leading human-robot interaction researcher from Stanford, CA. Leila Takayama is a mystery researcher at GoogleX.

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Leila Takayama at SXSW

Leila Takayama

Sr UX Researcher


Leila Takayama is a senior user experience researcher at Google[x], a lab that aims for moonshots in science and technology. Prior to joining Google[x] in 2013, Leila was a research scientist and a...

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Nuri Kim at SXSW

Nuri Kim

Prod Designer

Nuri is a product designer who previously has worked on projects for Boeing and Honda, unfolding stories around flying and driving. She also cofounded mobile news application startup where she serv...

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Thavidu Ranatunga at SXSW

Thavidu Ranatunga


Fellow Robots

Formerly with Microsoft, Groupon and IBM, Thavidu now heads the Software side of Fellow Robots, revolutionizing the future of the Retail experience.

He has been programming since he was 8 year...

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Wendy Ju at SXSW

Wendy Ju

Exec Dir of Interaction Design

Standford University Center for Design Research

Wendy Ju is the Executive Director of Interaction Design Research at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the MFA Program in Desig...

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