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Research On Tap

The Oklahoma State University Division of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with Iron Monk Brewery, is excited to present an opportunity for you, the public, to meet and interact with experts from a wide range of research fields at OSU. Researchers from the sciences, arts and humanities will be joined by Dr. Kenneth Sewell, the Vice President for Research, to have a conversation regarding their work and the impact it has on you and your community. Ample time will be provided for you to interact with the researcher and questions are encouraged in this informal, but informative, setting.

Autonomous mobile systems such as driverless cars and unmanned aircraft (aka, drones) will change our lives over the coming years. As systems become more robust and capable, many tasks currently handled by people alone will be supplemented using robotic technology while others will be wholly supplanted. These technologies in question are particularly well suited to handle tasks that are dull, dirty, or dangerous, but will also open up new niche markets. Some immediate advantages including package delivery, crop spraying, or taxi services, will be mundane while others will be life saving, such as emergency relief distribution and early weather forecasting. This transformation will provide numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs and technologists alike, but it will also reshape or eliminate some professions altogether, creating social upheaval. Segments that will quickly adapt to this paradigm shift involve nefarious elements, including criminals and terrorists. As such, law enforcement will need to be able to respond to new threats like autonomous narcotics delivery and drone attacks. While those on the fringe rush in, law abiding citizens will have to wait for the federal and state bureaucracies to adjust regulations and policies that allow these new technologies to be adopted while keeping air and road travel safe (or better yet, improving safety) and provide smooth transitions for those displaced socially and economically by the autonomous revolution.

We hope you will join us the third Monday of each month to enjoy some of Stillwater’s own local brew while chatting about some of the impactful and interesting research happening here on the OSU campus. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes of open dialogue between Dr. Sewell and the researcher, followed by questions and discussion from the audience.


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We look forward to seeing you at the Iron Monk Brewery Taproom, 519 South Husband, on Monday, December 17, at 5:30 pm.




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Upcoming Schedule:

December 17, Dr. Jamey Jacob, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering