‘Block Party’ to spotlight future of R.I. robotics

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Humanity-centered robotics Chad Jenkins, associate professor of computer science, works on human interactions with useful robots. He and his colleagues, both human and machine, will attend the Robot Block Party Saturday, April 5, at Brown. Credit: Frank Mullin/Brown University

Baxter, PR2, quadcopters and other robots and robotic devices will demonstrate their skills at a Robot Block Party Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pizzitola Sports Center at Brown University. The activities, free and open to the public, mark the start of National Robotics Week.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative and the Rhode Island School of the Future will kick off National Robotics Week with a Robot Block Party on Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, free and open to the public, will feature robot demonstrations and exhibits from universities, industry, community organizations, and school groups from around the state. Included among the exhibitions will be the PR2 and Baxter robots, quadrotor drones, and telepresence devices used at Brown University; autonomous watercraft from the University of Rhode Island; and robotic technologies from Roger Williams and Salve Regina Universities.

The event marks the start of National Robotics Week, April 4 to 13, 2014.


Robotics researchers, technology companies, and students from around Rhode Island. A full list of exhibitors can be found at www.risf.net/Robot%20Block%20Party/.


Demonstrations and exhibits will showcase how robots are used in research, manufacturing, and education in Rhode Island.

Elementary and middle school students will participate in a Robot Parade at Noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:15 p.m.

Students will exhibit chain reaction machines (Rube Goldberg-esque machines that are powered by the pull of a string), at 11:45 a.m., 12:30, 1, 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Editors: Brown University has a fiber link television studio available for domestic and international live and taped interviews, and maintains an ISDN line for radio interviews. For more information, call (401) 863-2476.

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