Good Places to Discuss Robotics

Posted 11 Aug 2002 at 21:41 UTC by steve Share This

We get asked from time to time where the places on The Internet are to discuss robotics. One of the reasons we don't have any dedicated discussion areas here is that there are already a lot of them around and new ones popping up all the time. Usenet, of course offers the oldest and best place for online discussions. There are many robot-related mailing lists around. And there is also a new IRC chat area created by some members. We provide links to many of these resource below.

Usenet Discussion area:
comp.robotics.misc - One of the largest robotics discussion group around with participants from all of the world
comp.robotics.research - A moderated discussion group for technical issues related to robotics
comp.arch.embedded - Discussion of embedded controllers and single board computers of all types
comp.realtime - Discussion of realtime computing issues
sci.electronics.basics - A good place to ask your robot-related electronics questions - Discussion of software and hardware issues related machine vision - Discussion of Artificial Neural Networks - Discussion of Fuzzy Logic and related topics - Discussion of Genetic Algorithms and other type of evolution-based computing - General discussion related to Artificial Intelligence - Discussion of the theories and ideas underlying Artificial Intelligence

There are many more Usenet groups that may be of interest to the robot builder - check the newsgroup list of your local ISP's news server and you're sure to find lots of good stuff.

Mailing Lists:
Central Illinois Robotics Club Mailing List (add "Subscribe CIRC" to subject line")
Dallas Personal Robotics Group Mailing List
Home Brew Robotics Mailing List
Twin Cities Robotics Group Mailing List

Most other regional robotics club also have mailing lists. Look for a club in your area and check their website.

IRC Channel:
irc:// (if clicking the IRC link doesn't start your IRC client, your browser probably doesn't grok IRC URLs. Try this web site or upgrade to a better browser)

Don't forget TRCY, posted 12 Aug 2002 at 05:16 UTC by rudybrian » (Master)

Don't forget one of the largest online robotics clubs, TRCY.

OT: Yahoo groups archives, posted 12 Aug 2002 at 19:44 UTC by hudson » (Master)

rudybrian wrote:

Don't forget one of the largest online robotics clubs, TRCY

Why do so many Yahoo Groups mailing lists set their archives to "members only"? It seems that this is very counter productive for several reasons:

  • New subscribers can't read the archives to see the FAQs, learn what are appropriate topics, etc.
  • Google won't give them any hits for common topics, so new subscribers are less likely to even find the mailing list.
  • Curious readers following a link from an article on won't be able find out if the list is even relevant to their interests.

Shameless self link: autopilot-devel's mailing list discussion archives are all online and available for anyone to read. Mostly UAV related, but quite a bit of sensor, navigation and control hardware discussion, too.

Yahoo Groups, posted 12 Aug 2002 at 20:23 UTC by steve » (Master)

I left out quite few mailing lists that were based at Yahoo Groups because so many people find it annoying to have to wade through the advertising (or register with Yahoo) when trying to read the archived messages. I realize they are a very economical way to get a mailing list going if no one else is offering to host a traditional mailing list. There is definitely some good information to be found on some of the Yahoo lists. And there are many interesting groups of all types that I wasn't able to list in so short an article.

Web-based forum, posted 13 Aug 2002 at 22:43 UTC by NateW » (Master)

It's small and hardly used, but given its proximity to the machinebrain link directory (very cool IMO), I'm surprised it doesn't get more use.

Chats, posted 14 Aug 2002 at 19:40 UTC by robodave » (Journeyer)

THe TRCY was mentioned, a Java based web chat,requires a Yahoo ID, think it's a regular Wednesday get together.

Also there's the Seattle Robotics chat, Mondays from 7 pm central til midnight or so (actually supposed to be 7 Pacific, but some show early) Specifics are that it is on the server, port 6667, channel #seattlerobotics . It's kind amusing, not a lot of Seattle folks show up, regulars are a couple of Canadians, a guy from Kansas, another in Atlanta, and me, from here in Texas. Topics have been contests minisumo, machining, different controlers, interfaces. More servers can be found here.

I am the owner of #robots., posted 16 Aug 2002 at 22:26 UTC by chris_m » (Journeyer)

Guys,if you have mIRC. Join the server,then put /join #robots. Or just goto to goto the channel without downloading mIRC. When you goto the Page you will automatically be on the channel and server. My nickname will be bart. See you there!

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