Carnegie Mellon University
October 18, 2012

Media Advisory: Robot Hall of Fame® Inducts Four New Members

Ceremony at Carnegie Science Center Oct. 23

Contact: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 /

RoboWorldEvent: Four robots will enter the Robot Hall of Fame® during an induction ceremony. More than 17,000 people voted online this year to elect four robots from among 12 nominees for induction.
Nominees are:

  • NASA’s Robonaut
  • Willow Garage’s two-armed mobile robot PR2
  • Boston Dynamics four-legged BigDog
  • Pixar’s fictional WALL-E
  • Rosie the Maid from “The Jetsons” animated TV series
  • Johnny 5 of the 1986 movie “Short Circuit”
  • Aldebaran Robotics’ NAO humanoid
  • VEX Robotics Design Systems
  • iRobot’s Create platform
  • iRobot’s Packbot bomb disposal robot
  • Kiva warehouse robot, and
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Jason submersible.

The RHOF,, created in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon University, recognizes excellence in robotics technology. It honors both the fictional robots that inspire innovation and the real robots that embody it. In 2009, it was integrated into Carnegie Science Center’s roboworld™ exhibit.

Who: Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University; William “Red” Whittaker, CMU robotics professor; John Dulchinos, president and CEO of Adept Technology; Henry Thorne, chief technology officer of 4Moms; and Quasi, the robotic character created by Interbots, will be presenters. Heather Knight, CMU robotics Ph.D. student, will perform with her stand-up comedian robot, Data. Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development will be emcee. 

When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23

Where: Carnegie Science Center, North Side.

Please contact Byron Spice at 412-268-9068 to arrange for seating at the ceremony. Because of venue restrictions, photo and video access to the ceremony will be limited.


The Robot Hall of Fame® was integrated into Carnegie Science Center's roboworld exhibit, pictured above, in 2009.