Disco-dance with robots at fourth annual National Robotics Week event

Author: Sue Ryan

National Robotics Week

Robots that disco-dance with you, play hide-and-seek or engage in a Pokémon battle are just a few of the projects that will be on display during the fourth annual University of Notre Dame National Robotics Week event on Sunday (April 12). The free event is open to the public, and will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Attendees at this event are encouraged to interact with robots and sensors that have been designed, programmed and built by more than 100 students and faculty members from Notre Dame’s Colleges of Engineering, Science and Arts and Letters and the students and staff from the Robinson Community Learning Center’s award-winning robotics club.

According to Laurel Riek, Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Robotics, Health and Communication Lab, participants will get to see, interact with and hear about current robotics innovations. “Visitors will be able to interact with over 15 exhibits in a hands-on way, and learn about how robotics technology is making a difference in the world — from assistive technology and rehabilitation to entertainment and education. Visitors of all ages will be delighted and inspired by the technology students and faculty here in our community have dreamed about and brought to life,” she said. Riek founded the annual event in 2012, and has been coordinating it since.

National Robotics Week celebrates robotics technology development while educating the public about the many ways in which robotics technology impacts society. Its goal is to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields.

Complimentary parking is available outside of the Compton Family Ice Arena. For more information, visit engineering.nd.edu/NDNRW.

Contact: Laurel Riek, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, lriek@nd.edu