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Science on Tap: Robot Theater
Lecture
Theater

Science on Tap

Robot Theater

Presented by
Hancher
and
UI Research Development Office
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Free

Part of the Science on Tap series

Robots have integrated into our society, moving beyond manufacturing applications.  Robots can now be found working in hotels, hospitals, and schools.  They are learning to drive and deliver packages. Robots also appear in television shows, films, and plays.  Historically, when robot characters appeared in film or on stage, human actors played the roles.  Technological advances have made it possible for robots to perform character versions of themselves.  The University of Iowa’s Robot Theater Project (UIRTP) explores the impact of robot actors on theatrical performances, and also uses robot theater to advance STEM education.  For this presentation, NAO humanoid robots will perform a variety of skits and routines developed by UI students, and Denise Szecsei will discuss the development of the project.

Presenter: Denise Szecsei (Associate Professor of Instruction, Computer Science)

Light entrees, snacks, and refreshments will be available for purchase from the Stanley Café.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hancher in advance at (319) 335-1158.