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Contact:
Vianey Garcia-Osorio
650-335-2842

For immediate release:
April 11, 2005

Carnegie Mellon's West Coast Campus Announces Third Annual 2005 RoboCamp-West Program

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.—Carnegie Mellon West, the technology-focused campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, will offer its annual summer robotics program from June 20 - August 5, 2005.

The program, which was first offered in 2002, is aimed at high school and college students. Information sessions, scheduled on April 14, 16 and 19, will be held at Carnegie Mellon West located in Building 23 at the NASA Ames Research Center inside of Moffett Field.

MAX, a new robot developed by RoboCamp instructor Khalid Al-Ali, will be on hand to greet prospective students at information sessions. MAX features technology that students will work with first hand, including a stereovision system and a rugged, all-terrain 4-wheel mobile robot chassis.

RoboCamp gives students the opportunity to build, program and operate autonomous, vision-based mobile robots capable of sophisticated sensing and intelligent decision-making.

"Robotics represents a wonderful blend of science, engineering and creating new things," said Jim Morris, dean of Carnegie Mellon West. "Students who attend RoboCamp will have fun and learn the importance of their science and math classes."

Students will work together in the hands-on learning environment to discover the electronics, mechanics and computer science of robotic systems. Students practice problem-solving skills, effective communication and team collaboration to compete in weekly robotic contests. The program poses new challenges each week, such as "Robot Soccer" or "Dancing Robot."

"The robots are fairly sophisticated and can perform relatively complex autonomous tasks," said Al-Ali, senior Carnegie Mellon fellow and RoboCamp-West instructor. "As a matter of fact, versions of these robots are currently being used by NASA for cutting-edge robotic research for missions to Mars."

"We are delighted to host the RoboCamp program once again," said Raj Reddy, founding director of Carnegie Mellon's famed Robotics Institute. "This is an excellent opportunity to provide world-class instruction in robotics to young students, while helping to meet the educational outreach goals of Carnegie Mellon West."

The next RoboCamp-West information sessions will take place from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 14; from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16; and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the West Coast Campus in Building 23 inside the NASA AMES Research Park in Moffett Field, Calif. Information sessions are free and open to the public. Tuition for the summer program is $2,500. Students who complete the program earn transferable Carnegie Mellon undergraduate college credit.

For more information on RoboCamp, visit http://www.west.cmu.edu/robocamp. For more information on Carnegie Mellon West, visit http://west.cmu.edu.

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