- This event is suitable for all ages.
- April 4-12, 2015
- Main Level, Museum-Wide
- Included with Museum Entry
Events Apr. 4, 11 and 12. Select programs available daily Apr. 4-12.
The robots are coming! (And they're here to help.)
Celebrate National Robotics Week 2015 by checking out the cool ‘bots designed by Chicago-area student and amateur teams, hearing from top university robotics scholars, watching a live robotics competition and interacting with some state-of-the-art robots. All activities are included in Museum Entry.
April 4, 11 and 12
Robots on display (at varying times and dates) include:
- Baxter, a versatile robot that is perfect for working in industry alongside people.
- ROBOTIS MINI, a miniature humanoid robot that can perform many exciting research and education activities.
- Geomagic Touch, which is used in research, 3D modeling, OEM applications and more, and applies force feedback on the user’s hand, giving true-to-life touch sensations.
- EKSO, an exoskeleton that that helps people increase their physical abilities.
- PARO, the furry baby seal robot, which is used as a therapy tool for both the elderly and autistic children.
- UPenn’s TOBI, a four-legged robot intended to help robotics students to more easily understand the connection of the robot to familiar animals, such as dogs and cats.
- Northwestern University’s Ghostbot, a robotic fish that can alternate between swimming forwards and backwards, as well as vertically, by using a sophisticated, ribbon-like fin.
Demonstrations from university, after-school and hobbyist robotics teams.
Saturday, April 11 only
Professor Talks (10:30 a.m., Lab 1)
- Prof. Brenna D. Argall, Northwestern University: “Turning Assistive Machines into Assistive Robots"
- Prof. Mitra Hartmann, Northwestern University: "Whiskers and Rodents and Robots, Oh My!"
- Prof. Malcolm MacIver, Northwestern University: “Electric Fish Robotics”
- Prof. Matthew Spenko, Illinois Institute of Technology: "Integrating Robotics into Everyday Life"
Student Talks (noon, Rotunda)
- Alexander Broad, Northwestern University: "Visualizing Four-Dimensional Space"
- Matthew Derry, Northwestern University: "Path Planning: There and Back Again"
- Guillermo Duenas Arana, Illinois Institute of Technology: “Giving Autonomy to Mobile Robots”
- Izaak Neveln, Northwestern University: “Ghostbot: The Mechanical Hummingbird of the Sea”
- Emily Plumb & Turner Topping, University of Pennsylvania, Kodlab: “Bio-inspired Legged Robots”
- Don Ruffatto, Illinois Institute of Technology: “Novel Adhesives for Space Applications”
- Mohammad Dadkhah Tehrani, Illinois Institute of Technology: “Electrostatics in Action”
The BotBall Championship on April 11 is a team-oriented robotics competition for middle- and high-school-aged students who design, build and program the competing robots.
For a full listing of National Robotics Week events from around the country and an extensive inventory of robotics-related resources and information, please visit www.nationalroboticsweek.org, twitter.com/roboweek or facebook.com/roboweek.
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