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Monday, April 11, 2011

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Public invited to visit IU's own robot house Wednesday as part of National Robotics Week

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April 11, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's robotics experts will recognize the nation's second annual National Robotics Week this Wednesday (April 13) with a public open house at IU Bloomington's official robot research center, R-House, that will include a showcase of robot perception, action and interaction.

R-House opened last year at 919 E. 13th St. as a learning laboratory within the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing designed to bring together social and technical researchers to collaborate on the study and design of robotic technologies for the home.

The public open house, from 4-7 p.m., will showcase a variety of examples of human-robot interaction, computer vision and pervasive computing through live demonstrations, simulations and student poster presentations. The national event is designed to celebrate the U.S. as a leader in robotics technology development, educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future, advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development, and inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields, said Kris Hauser, an associate professor of computer science at IU Bloomington.

"We designed the event so that it is family-friendly and an opportunity to see what's going on in research and education on robotics and other emerging technologies at IU," Hauser said. "This is a "living lab" where students do hands-on research, so one component of the event will be the announcement of awards for the best student work."

Some of the class and research projects that guests will learn about at the open house include:

Last year, Indiana University sponsored one of more than 50 National Robotics Week events in 21 states that attracted more than 46,000 people, including 22,000 K-12 students. A variety of online activities, downloadable learning projects and other information for student learning is located here at the National Robotics Week website. This year's national events are being held April 9-17.

Free public parking is available near R-House (corner of 13th Street and Forrest Avenue) along the north side of 13th Street.

For more information or to speak with researchers at R-House, please contact Steve Chaplin, University Communications, at 812-856-1896 or

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