CMU celebrates National Robotics Week with open house

April 13th, 2010
Pittsburgh Business Times

As part of National Robotics Week, and in conjunction with the annual Spring Carnival, the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute is opening its doors for an open house with demonstrations and lectures later this week.

The institute is inviting the public to hear about research and see robots on April 15 and April 16. On April 15 at 4 p.m. assistant professor of computer science and robotics Adrien Treuille will host a talk on “Next- Generation Interactive Simulation” in the Rashid Auditorium, room 4401 of the Gates Hillman center. On April 16 the School of Computer Science is holding the 16th Annual Mobot (or Mobile Robot) Races in front of Wean Hall on CMU campus. The race is a slalom for small, autonomous robots with a $1,000 prize for first place.

Also on April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Robotics Institute ChargeCar electric vehicle will be on display on the lawn between the University Center and the Purnell Center for the Arts. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. more than a dozen robots will be on display in the Planetary Robotics Center in the Gates Hillman center.

“During National Robotics Week, we are asking people to ‘experience the possibilities’ that come from using robotics technology in everyday life,” said Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pittsburgh, in a written statement. Doyle sponsored the House resolution establishing National Robotics Week and is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Robotics.

“From schools to the workplace to health care, robotics will play a huge role in making life easier for everyone and will be a significant area of job growth and development in the decades ahead,” he said.
The CMU Robotics Institute was started in 1979 and employs roughly 350 full time and part time staff. It has an annual research budget of $55 million.