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Media Advisory


NSF PA/M 03-44 - October 8, 2003

Robots in Las Vegas: Demos and International Agency Panel Highlight NSF Robotics Workshop

Journalists are invited to join National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported researchers at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas October 26 to see demonstrations of robotics, computer vision and related projects; discuss the future of research in those areas; and hear from U.S., European, Japanese and Korean representatives about their agencies' programs and plans for investing hundreds of millions of dollars in robotics research in the coming decade.

NSF-supported researchers will demonstrate project results, including golf-ball-sized wireless RoboMotes, a team of robot scouts the size of coffee mugs, and fingernail sensors and "digital clay" that may offer new ways to interact with computers.

The international agency panel will include Satoshi Tadokoro, president of Japan's International Rescue System Institute; Douglas Gage of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Processing Technology Office; Daniel Clancy from NASA Ames Research Center; Munsang Kim of Korea's Ministry of Science and Technology; Sang-Rok Oh of Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication; Paolo Dario of Italy, representing the European Commission's Information Technologies Program; and Larry Weber and Junku Yuh of the National Science Foundation.

The NSF workshop is being held in the Pacific Ballroom at Bally's Hotel, followed that week by the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003) at Bally's October 27-31.

On the morning of October 28, Sony Corporation will demonstrate its SDR-4X small humanoid robot for K-12 students during an NSF-sponsored field trip to IROS 2003. NSF-supported researchers will also demonstrate projects, such as robots (in Michigan and China) that provide sensory feedback to the operator (in Las Vegas) via the Internet.


IMPORTANT: Due to restrictions on camera use in the casino (but not in the ballrooms), Bally's requires a list of journalists who will attend and during what hours seven days in advance. Please contact David Hart, 703-292-7737 or, to indicate your intention to attend by October 17.



Robotics and computer vision demonstrations; panel of international agency representatives


RCV '03: NSF Robotics and Computer Vision Workshop
IROS 2003: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems


RCV '03 demonstrations:
Oct. 26, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

International panel:
Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

IROS 2003 exhibition:
Oct. 28-30, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Pacific Ballroom and Las Vegas Ballroom
Bally's Hotel
3645 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

For more information contact:

Media contact:

 David Hart

 (703) 292-7737


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