April 4-12 is National Robotics Week 2015, the sixth annual celebration of all things automated. Events are planned nationwide to showcase the growing importance of robots in the United States.
Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines (IRIM) will host its own event, featuring demos of robots and tours of labs on campus, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. But if you can’t make it in person to check out Tech’s lineup of robots, you can still take part in the festivities: For the third year in a row, we’ve released a set of trading cards to celebrate National Robotics Week. These fun cards feature some of Georgia Tech’s most talented and productive players!
And for the second year in a row, IRIM has teamed up with IEEE Spectrum and iRobot to create a “national” set of our popular robot trading cards, featuring ten famous robots developed by companies and researchers in the U.S. Don’t forget about IEEE Spectrum’s award winning, internationally acclaimed Robots for iPad app, which you can get for FREE on iTunes.
Click on the cards to see the coaches, stats, and fun facts for the hottest robot teams around.
2015 Event Information
Date & Location
- Wednesday, April 8, 2015
- All participants in the morning tours should check in at the registration area, which is located at 801 Atlantic Dr. in front of the College of Computing Building (CCB). (View map)
- In case of rain, the registration area will be moved to the Klaus Building Atrium on the first floor. Klaus is adjacent to the CCB Building. (View map)
- Check in for the afternoon tours is in the Klaus Building Atrium, regardless of weather.
Students attending both the morning and afternoon sessions will tour different robotics labs; the sessions are not duplicates.
9:00 Check-in for Tours Begins (Outside College of Computing (CCB) Bldg. on Atlantic Dr.—Klaus Atrium in case of rain)
9:30 Tours Depart—Morning Session
11:45 Lunch (Klaus Atrium)
12:45 Check-in for Tours Begins (Klaus Atrium)
1:00 Tours Depart—Afternoon Session
3:00 Event Concludes
- Registration is limited and submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the registration form early to ensure your student or student group can be accommodated. When registration has reached the maximum number of attendees, the registration form will be turned off. At that time, you are welcome to contact us by email at IRIM@cc.gatech.edu to be placed on our waiting list.
- We are unable to accommodate students enrolled in pre-K or K-5 programs, or children who have not yet reached pre-K age.
- Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Please email IRIM@cc.gatech.edu to register. GT guests do not need to complete the form below; however, they will need to complete the Model Release Form in advance or at the event.
Required Consent Forms
To attend the event, each student must have a parent or legal guardian complete a Parental Release Form, related to liability, and a Model Release Form, related to the use of photographs and video footage taken during the event. Chaperones should also complete the Model Release Form. These forms may be collected, scanned, and emailed in one file to IRIM@cc.gatech.edu prior to the event, or the primary point of contact may present paper copies of the signed forms during check in.
Personal vehicles should park in a campus visitor’s lot. The two closest locations are the Area 4 Lot, located at the intersection of Ferst Dr. and State St., and the Area 5 Lot (W23 Deck), located on State St., close to the intersection of 10th St.
Personal Vehicle Parking Fees
- The Area 4 Lot fee rate is $2.00 per hour, payable in advance by cash or card.
- The Area 5 Lot fee rate varies by total hours parked, from $1.50 for up to one hour to $15.00 for six–24 hours.
- More information about visitor parking is available on the GT Parking & Transportation Services website.
Bus Parking Details
There is no charge to park buses in the designated area on Tech Parkway NW. Buses should plan to drop students off at the intersection of Ferst Dr. and Atlantic Dr. where signs will be posted directing them to the nearby check-in location. Afterwards, bus drivers who elect to remain on campus must park on Tech Parkway NW.
Regardless of whether you are signing up for just one or both tour sessions, walking outdoors is a necessary component of this event. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, which in Atlanta during spring may change with little advanced warning. Transportation will be provided to some of the more remote tour locations on campus.
Lunch will be held in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building atrium. Students have the option of bringing a brown bag lunch or visiting the Georgia Tech student center to purchase a lunch. The student center offers a full-range of items in the food court, as well as additional options in the commons area, and is located less than a three minute walk from Klaus. Beverages will be provided to all students.
Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics and the executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), will address participants during lunch. Our graduate students who are conducting robot demonstrations will be available to answer questions and provide additional information about their research projects. Also, representatives from the College of Computing’s Office of Outreach, Enrollment and Community will be in attendance to answer questions about college admissions and program requirements.
National Robotics Week T-shirts and Other Products
Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog is the official mascot of National Robotics Week. T-shirts and other Bleeker-branded products are available for purchase in the “Bleeker Store” on the CafePress website.
If you have questions that are not answered on this page or in the additional details provided during the registration process, please contact IRIM@cc.gatech.edu.