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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Three final candidates for the Robotdalen Scientific Award

The three final candidates of the Robotdalen Scientific Award have been elected and will all attend the prize ceremony at Robotdalen Day in Örebro September 5, where the winner will be officially presented. The final candidates are:
* Bram Vanderborght from Virje Universiteit Brussel in Belgium,
* Eric Demeester from Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium,
* Mike Stilman from Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.

Swedish Robotdalen has founded The Robotdalen Scientific Award, an international competition for young scientists, with EUR 20 000 in prize money. The purpose is to encourage young, innovative people all over the world in the field of robotics and automation, to find new and untried approaches for the future.

Nec introduces Mini PaPeRo

According to a press release from May 2007, NEC has developed a "mini version" of its PaPeRo conversation robot. The 25 cm tall and 2,5 kg heavy robot can move around and is able to perform speech recognition, speech synthesis, sound source detection and face recognition.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Microsoft enters the Korean Robotics Market

Korea IT Times reports Microsoft's enterance of the Korean robotics software market. which is most active in commercializing intelligent robots.

Micosoft plans to open for the first time a MS-Robotics website for a non-English speaking country. The Robotics business unit of Microsoft even sent an employee to be exclusively engaged in the Korean market.

Microsoft also announced that it would set up a professional community by supplying robotics SW to 100,000 software developers in Korea, which is a similar practice to facilitating the global PC market in the past thanks to open software developed by individuals in the early stages of the PC industry.

Microsoft will have promotion events at 13 universities nationwide starting next month, and support various robotics software competition. It will also launch 4 to 5 robotics platforms for developers in cooperation with 6 domestic robotics partners such as Yujin Robotics and Micro Robot. The Intelligent Robotics Department of Mokwon University has already included the MS robotics-SW into its curriculum for the first semester of next year.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Autonomous Vehicle Competition to be Held in Victorville, Calif. (Anaheim, Calif.) – Dr. Tony Tether, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), today announced the 36 teams (list attached) selected as semi-finalists for the Urban Challenge. The semi-finalists will next compete in the Urban Challenge National Qualification Event (NQE) scheduled for October 26-31, 2007. The top 20 teams from the NQE will move on to the Urban Challenge final event on November 3, and compete for cash prizes worth $2 million for first, $1 million for second, and $500,000 for third place.