A&M to celebrate National Robotics Awareness Week

Texas A&M University will take part in National Robotics Awareness Week that will take place from Saturday (April 9) through April 16.

The purpose of National Robotics Awareness Week is to celebrate the United States 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 (STEM) related fields.

Two events at Texas A&M will be held in conjunction with the week. On Tuesday (April 12) at 8 p.m., a studio reading of R.U.R., which is directed by Amy Guerin of Texas A&M Performing Arts, will be held in Room 140 of the Blocker Building. R.U.R. is a science fiction play written in the early 1920s by Karel Capek, and is known for introducing the term "robot."

On Wednesday (April 13) a robots@tamu Recognition Banquet will be held at the Clayton Williams Jr., Alumni Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will celebrate the achievements of Texas A&M's robotics faculty and students and will include a talk by Dr. David Hanson, creator of the Einstein robot.

The banquet will include a "Robot Parade" and poster competition on the patio of the alumni center and will be followed by dinner. There will also be an awards presentation prior to Hanson's talk. Students and some of their robots will be at each table, as well as on display, giving attendees the chance to meet the future up close and personal.

To register for the banquet, visit: http://engrevent.tamu.edu/event/100717.

For more information, contact Kimberly Mallett at Kimberly@cse.tamu.edu.