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Mtg: First Steps Towards Community Robotics

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MONDAY November 19
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Illah R. Nourbakhsh, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Carnegie Mellon University West Coast, Moffet Field, Mountain View
RSVP: not required

The CREATE lab and the Global Connection Project have embarked on a series of public projects to try to understand how significant scaling may be feasible using robotics for technology empowerment and community-building. ? Our work is now hybridizing the Global Connection efforts together with our more traditional Telepresence Robot Kit and CMUcam educational tools, and we are carrying out experiments locally in Pittsburgh and internationally in collaboration with UNESCO. ? I will describe the current status of our community products, describing both our target communities spanning the cognitive pipeline, and the new technologies we are releasing this year รข?? CMUcam3, a fully programmable, public-domain embedded computer vision system; TeRK, a single-box solution for complete I/O control of robots together with a Linux OS and connectivity to the iRobot Create and other robots; Canary, a new embedded environmental sensor and kinetic art controller; and Gigapan, a multi-billion pixel panoramic image capture, display and annotation system.? I will end by describing the beginning of our unified effort at large-scale public, activist robotic art across Pittsburgh, called Robot 250, which is funded by a group of five corporations and foundations.? The Global Connection Project is hosted by Carnegie Mellon West (Moffett Field, CA) and Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute (Pittsburgh, PA).

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