It's official. CMU has inducted four new robots into the CMU
Robot Hall of Fame for 2008: Lt. Command
Data, the fictional android
from Star Trek; LEGO Mindstorms,
the popular robot kit; NAVLAB
5, an autonomous 1990 Pontiac Trans Sport; and the Raibert
Hopper, the one-legged hopping robot designed by Marc Raibert who
went on to Boston Dynamics where he worked on BigDog and other biped and
quadruped robots. CMU had previously announced the identities of the four
new famous robots but yesterday's ceremony marks the actual induction. Read
on for the full text of CMU's press release.
April 9, 2008
For Immediate Release
Carnegie mellon University’s Robot hall of fame®
inducts four robots
Hall of Fame to Have Permanent Home at Carnegie Science Center in 2009
PITTSBURGH, April 9, 2008 — Carnegie Mellon University will induct four
robots into the Robot Hall of Fame® this evening at a ceremony at
Carnegie Science Center and announce the Science Center as the new home
of the Hall of Fame beginning in spring 2009.
The ceremony, featuring actors Anthony Daniels and Zachary Quinto, will
highlight the contributions and significance of each of the new
inductees – the Raibert Hopper, NavLab 5, LEGO® Mindstorms and the
fictional Lt. Cmdr. Data.
In addition to the induction of the robots, Carnegie Science Center and
Carnegie Mellon University announced today that the Robot Hall of Fame
will have a permanent home beginning in spring 2009 when the Science
Center opens roboworld, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive
permanent robotics exhibition. The Robot Hall of Fame, created in 2003
by the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, recognizes excellence
in robotics technology worldwide and honors the fictional and real
robots that have inspired and embodied breakthrough accomplishments in
robotics. Each year a jury of scholars, researchers, writers, designers
and entrepreneurs select the robots for recognition and induction into
the Robot Hall of Fame.
Daniels, who played C-3PO in all six Star Wars movies, will serve as
master of ceremonies and Quinto, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus who will play
Spock in the upcoming Star Trek movie, will attend on behalf of Data, an
android with super strength and super memory that was portrayed by actor
Brent Spiner during the 1987-1994 television run of “Star Trek: The Next
Also scheduled to attend are Marc Raibert, president of Boston Dynamics,
who led development of the one-legged Hopper in his Leg Laboratory,
first at Carnegie Mellon and later at MIT. The Raibert Hopper explored
principles of dynamic balance that are central to agile movement by
bipedal and quadrapedal robots.
Lars Nyengaard, director of Innovation and Education Projects for LEGO
Education will be on hand for the induction of Mindstorms, a robotic kit
that made robots accessible to the masses.
Todd Jochem, a PhD graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute,
will speak at the ceremony on behalf of NavLab 5, one of a series of
autonomous vehicles developed at the Robotics Institute. Jochem, who
later founded Applied Perception, Inc. and is now group director of
Foster-Miller, Inc., was one of two students who rode in NavLab 5 in
1995’s “No Hands Across America” tour, during which NavLab 5 steered
itself coast-to-coast on public highways.
The four robots being inducted this year were announced last May at the
RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition in Boston. The induction ceremony
at Carnegie Science Center is being held in conjunction with this year’s
RoboBusiness conference, which is at the David L. Lawrence Convention
Center April 8-10.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center brings the world of science alive for visitors
of all ages. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science
Center features more than 400 hands-on exhibits, three live
demonstration theaters, a four-story IMAX® Dome theater, an interactive
full-dome digital planetarium, a science-of sport exhibition, a Cold War
submarine moored on Pittsburgh’s Ohio River, and a world-renowned model
railroad display. Carnegie Science Center is located at One Allegheny
Avenue on Pittsburgh’s North Shore next to Heinz Field. Visit
www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.3400 for more information.
About Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix
of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public
policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and
graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on
creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary
collaboration and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides
an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors.
While technology is pervasive on its 144-acre campus, Carnegie Mellon is
also distinctive among leading research universities for the
world-renowned programs in its College of Fine Arts. For more, see
About Robot Hall of Fame
The Robot Hall of Fame® was created in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon
University’s School of Computer Science to recognize and honor the real
and fictional robots that have inspired imaginations and achieved
technical excellence. For more, see www.robothalloffame.org.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a
collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through
art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural
History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. In 2007,
the museums reached 1.3 million people through exhibitions, educational
programs, outreach activities, and special events.
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