Robofest Newsletter, 8-17-04

 

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Contents

(1) Job Posting: Robotics Contest Program Coordinator at LTU

(2) Robofest 2005 Plan

(3) International Space Science Alliance

(4) Other robotics events in the Fall 2004

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(1) Job Posting: Robotics Contest Program Coordinator at LTU

Lawrence Tech University is pleased to announce a new (part-time) position: Robotics Contest Program Coordinator. Major duties include: designing, implementing and coordinating Robofest events. Web design and database administration skills are required. Technical knowledge with (Lego) robotics is not required, but a plus. Please go to http://www.ltu.edu/human_resources/staff_job_postings.asp (posting number MCH999), for more details.

 

Robofest family is happy to see the growth of Robofest. We thank all the participants and volunteers since the first Robofest 2000.

 

(2) Robofest 2005 Plan

Robofest 2004 had four different sites. After receiving many inquiries, we are about to decide to expand Robofest to an even higher level. If the event is elevated to an international level, students’ interests will be increased and their efforts will be recognized even more. Currently, some countries in Asia are interested in sending teams to Robofest.

If you are interested in hosting regional Robofest competitions, or if you know someone who might be interested, please let us know. LTU will provide necessary items and materials as a package not only to support hosting the event, but also to publicize your organization.

 

Detailed plans are:

 

Informational meeting for Robofest hosts and coaches in November

Rules and partial challenges will be announced in late December

Warm-up competitions will be held in Feb. (Judge training will also be done)

Regional competitions in Feb - March

“World Robofest” competitions on April 23 at Lawrence Tech

Invited exhibitions will be held only at LTU. (Exhibitions will be screened by videotapes sent to Robofest judges before World Robofest to determine who will be invited.)

 

 

We appreciate any comments concerning this plan.

 

(3) International Space Science Alliance

 

Solar System Ambassador is looking for groups to collaborate with UK schools in simulating search and rescue activities using autonomous robots such as BoeBots or other platforms. If any group is interested in this unique opportunity, please contact:

Joan Blackman, Consultant Solar System Ambassador
US Project Manager International Space Science Alliance
Professional Development Alliance
2705 McDonough St
Joliet, IL  60436
815-744-8334
[email protected]

 

(4) Other robotic events in the Fall 2004

 

First Lego League registration is still open at http://www.usfirst.org/

The 6th International Robot Olympiad 2004: www.iroc.org

 

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Lawrence Tech University   Computer Science/Robotics Lab

CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest founder and director

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield  MI 48075

[email protected], qbx6.ltu.edu/chung, www.robofest.net, [email protected]

(248)204-3504, Fax: (248)204-3518, Robotics Lab (248)204-3815