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Physical AI refers to the science, engineering, and responsible implementation of AI systems that are embedded within and strongly interact with elements of the physical world. Physical AI is intrinsically connected with its human users and socio-technical systems that guide their interactions.

As technology develops, cyber-physical systems will become more prevalent: monitoring and optimizing manufacturing facilities for sophisticated equipment, pharmaceuticals, and crops; monitoring natural resources; autonomously operating vehicles; serving in hazardous situations.

The increasing use of such systems raises social, policy, and economic questions, which will be topics for discussion. The panel will dig into the emerging challenges that arise due to these characteristics of physical AI and survey developing solutions.


Registration is required

Lunch will be served on site beginning at 11:30 a.m.

A virtual option is available.


Moderator: Saurabh Bagchi
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the IPAI Steering Committee

Somali Chaterji
Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Jim Katter
Director of Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Caterpillar, Inc.

Anthony Gregory
Chief Operating Officer, Southwest Airlines Renewable Ventures

Arvind Ramanathan
Computational biologist, Argonne National Laboratory and senior scientist, the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering

Shiv Vitaladevuni
Director of Ambient Perceptual Technology, Artificial General Intelligence, Amazon

About IPAI

Purdue’s Institute for Physical Artificial Intelligence (IPAI) is part of the Purdue Computes initiative, which includes investments in Purdue’s computing faculty and in research on physical AI, semiconductors and quantum technologies. IPAI includes research in the following thematic areas.

  • We Make. Supporting physical AI for manufacturing in Indiana and beyond.
  • We Move. Translating Purdue’s expertise in supply chain, fuels, mechanics, and more to drive new knowledge in autonomous transportation.
  • We Grow. Applying expertise in forestry and agriculture to help farmers apply the right amount of nutrients, insecticides, and herbicides at the right time and places to protect the environment.
  • We Thrive. Integrating bench-to-bedside expertise across health care disciplines to improve digital health care with improving diagnostics and treatment.

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