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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Celebrating US Robotics 2011

NRW 2011 Events
The second annual National Robotics Week, April 9-17, is aimed to increasing public awareness of the growing importance of robot technology and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of how people will live, work and play worldwide. Key academic and industry influencers lead joint effort celebrating the United States’ role as a leader in robotics technology; introduce regional events and activities to allow the public to “Experience the Possibilities”
Online Events
The IEEE Computer Society hosts events inside of the virtual world of Second Life. Various events are scheduled including in-world presentations, tours of virtual robotics and AI applications, game engine AI applications, advanced bots, training & simulation robots, large scale bot culture communities, robotic machines, virtual learning centers, a robot hunt, and a week-long virtual robot building competition with prizes. Hands-on classes related to building and scripting robots, and Artificial Intelligence Markup Language (AIML) basics will be taught inworld.
Open House Events and demonstrations
RoMeLa, Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech will host an open house event!
The Museum of Science and Industry will host a Robot Block Party during museum hours.
The AUVSI Foundation will host a demonstration of student-built ground robots on the National Mall, in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC

Robot Competions
RoboGames 2011 is the olympics of robots - The 8th annual International RoboGames features over 500 robots from over 30 countries competing in 70 events: combat robots, fire-fighters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu. 

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