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2017 National Robotics Week Celebration

The Robotics Institute will celebrate the eighth annual National Robotics Week on April 20, 21 & 22 with lectures, project demonstrations, the annual Mobot (mobile robot) races, a reception for RI affiliated people and NREC Industry Day.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

REGISTER HERE

If you have any specific questions about the National Robotics Week open
house please email Debbie Tobin at dmz@cs.cmu.edu.

Schedule of Events:

April 20
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture in Robotics
Speaker: Chris Urmson, CEO & co-founder Aurora
Title: Perspectives on Self-Driving Cars

Abstract:
Self-driving vehicles will save millions of lives, make cities more liveable, save resources, and transform transportation to be more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Despite a decade of rapid advancement in the state-of-the-art, perception of the technology still lands somewhere between solved and unsolveable.

Over the last decade I’ve had the chance to have a front row seat, watching the technology and industry evolve. In this talk I will share perspectives on the technology, the players and what the future holds.

Bio:
Chris Urmson is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, a company focused on making self-driving cars a reality. Chris led Google’s self-driving car program and was a member of the faculty of the Robotics Institute.

His research focused on motion planning and perception for robotic vehicles. During his time at Carnegie Mellon, he worked with house size trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and was part of the DARPA Urban and Grand Challenge teams. Chris earned his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon and his BSc in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.

A School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture
Rashid Auditorium – 4401 Gates and Hillman Centers
Pre-registration is required.
Box lunches will be available for those who register by April 17.

April 21
12:00 – 4:00 pm: PUBLIC SPACE ROBOTS
Open to the public

TANK the roboceptionist
Newell-Simon Hall 3rd floor entry area
Meet Marion (Tank) LeFleur, Newell-Simon’s Roboceptionist. He’ll be glad to see you! The goal of the project is to produce a robot helpmate that is useful, exhibits social competence, and remains compelling to interact with for an extended period of time.

12:00 – 4:00 pm: ROBOTICS INSTITUTE LAB TOURS
Pre-registration is required.

12:00 – 4:00 pm: PLANETARY ROBOTICS LAB (PRL) DEMONSTRATIONS
Open to the public, school groups welcome.

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm: 23RD ANNUAL MOBOT RACES
Location: Walkway outside of Wean Hall
Open to the public

3:00 – 4:00 pm: THE 15th GATE: MOBOT AWARD CEREMONY and WRAP-UP
Location: Rashid Auditorium – Gates & Hillman 4401 – 3:00 pm
Open to the public

4:00 – 6:00 pm: 
ROBOT RECEPTION
Pre-registration is required.

April 22
1:00 – 4:00 pm: NATIONAL ROBOTICS ENGINEERING CENTER INDUSTRY DAY
Location: NREC facilities, 10 40th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
There is a separate registration for the NREC Industry Day.
To register for this event please go to http://www.nrec.ri.cmu.edu/industryday2017/

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