Carnegie Mellon co-hosts second annual Robot Hall of Fame induction

10/06/04



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EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University and The Carnegie Science Center kick off the 25th-anniversary celebration of the university's Robotics Institute as they co-host the second annual Robot Hall of Fame (RHOF) induction ceremony. Robots to be honored include Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO; Shakey, the first mobile robot to reason about its actions, developed by SRI International; Astro Boy, a Japanese animation of a robot with a soul; Robby the Robot, from MGM's 1956 science-fiction epic "Forbidden Planet"; and C-3PO, from the Star Wars series. The robots or their representatives will be present to receive their awards. Celebrated attendees will include actor Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO in all six Star Wars films, as well as ASIMO and Robby the Robot.

Speakers include: Carnegie Mellon Simon University Professor Raj Reddy, founding director of the Robotics Institute; James H. Morris, dean of Carnegie Mellon's West Coast Campus who founded the Robot Hall of Fame; and Carnegie Mellon University Professor Takeo Kanade, second director of the Robotics Institute.

WHEN: October 11, 2004
* 4:00 p.m. - ASIMO demonstration: Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO will demonstrate its capabilities.
* 5:00 p.m. - Press Conference: Panel speakers will be available to speak with the media.
* 7:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony

WHERE: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh. In recognition of the increasing benefits robots are bringing to society, Carnegie Mellon established the Robot Hall of Fame in 2003 to honor noteworthy robots, both real and fictional, along with their creators. The new inductees join the Mars Pathfinder Sojourner robot; Unimate, the first industrial robot; R2-D2, from the Star Wars trilogy; and HAL, the robotic computer in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey."

For more information on the Robot Hall of Fame see: www.robothalloffame.org.

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