RoboBusiness Conference Features Carnegie Mellon's Robot Hall of Fame

Robotics Trends, a division of EH Publishing, Inc., announced that Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Hall of Fame(R) will unveil its 2007 inductees at the fourth annual RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, the international business development event for mobile robotics and intelligent systems. The ceremony will include a special luncheon on May 15, 2007 sponsored by The Technology Collaborative of Pittsburgh, PA.

Lee Gutkind, author of the new book, “Almost Human: Making Robots Think,” (W.W. Norton & Co.) will be the featured luncheon speaker. Gutkind, editor of the journal Creative Nonfiction and founder of the creative nonfiction writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, spent six years observing roboticists at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. His book provides an in-depth look at the technical pitfalls and ultimate triumphs experienced by researchers as they create new technology for autonomous robots. The RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on May 15-16, 2007.

According to Dan Kara, conference chairman and President of Robotics Trends, Inc., “We are extremely pleased to announce that the 2007 Robot Hall of Fame selection announcement will be part of the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition. The Robot Hall of Fame honors the greatest fictional and ‘real-world’ robots from around the world. With the addition of the Robot Hall of Fame luncheon, the RoboBusiness event becomes even more thought provoking, interesting and certainly more entertaining.”

Don Marinelli, Executive Producer of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, says, “The RoboBusiness conference attracts people from industry, government and academia who are working together so that robots can benefit society. The Robot Hall of Fame celebrates robots that already have had great impact on humankind either through practical application or creative stimulation. Combining these world-class events makes perfect sense.”

Matt Mason, Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, notes, “Those of us who are developing robotic technology hope that the Robot Hall of Fame will allow the public to share the excitement we feel about the expanding role of robots in our society. RoboBusiness 2007 provides us a great platform for honoring some great robots and their creators.”

In addition to The Technology Collaborative and members of its alliance, sponsors of the Robot Hall of Fame luncheon include Mellon Financial Corporation and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

About the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition
RoboBusiness sponsors include Founding Sponsor iRobot and Premiere Sponsors The Technology Collaborative and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, along with Gold Sponsors Coroware, Freescale Semiconductor, Holland+Knight, Evolution Robotics and Microsoft. Corporate co-sponsors include Advanced Digital Logic, ATI Industrial Automation, Autonomous Solutions, Boston Engineering, Foster-Miller, Galileo Mobility Instruments, GOSTAI, Honeywell, Hokuyo Automatic, InTouch Health, Japan External Trade Association (JETRO) and City of Osaka, Kumotek, MachineBus, Magmotor, Merlin Systems, NeuroRobotics, NEXSTAR, OceanServer Technology, OC Robotics, OLogic, Perrone Robotics, Robosoft, RoboTech Center, Segway, SCHUNK, Valde Systems and Vecna Robotics.

RoboBusiness academic, association and media co-sponsors include Premier Media Co-Sponsor Popular Science, along with Robotics Society of America, Circuit Cellar, Hobby Manufacturers Association, Entertainment Engineering, Robot Magazine, Nuts & Volts, Linux Journal, Machine Brain, RC Driver, Object Management Group, Global Emerging Technology Institute, Strategy Analytics, Vision Systems Design, and Servo Magazine.

Tracks within the 2007 RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition include:

  • Business Development and Investment
  • Technology and Standards
  • Applications and Products
  • Markets and Industries
  • SPOTLIGHT: New Markets for Industrial Robotics

About Robotics Trends, Inc.
Robotics Trends, the world’s first integrated media firm serving the burgeoning personal, service and mobile robotics marketplace, services their clientele through three major business divisions:

  • Robotics Trends Publishing, which produces, an online news, information and analysis portal focused on business and technology trends for people who build, buy, invest in, and seek to understand the personal, service, mobile and military robotics market
  • Robotics Trends Events, which produces the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition ( and the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition
  • Robotics Trends Analyst Services serving the strategic consulting needs of leading emerging robotics manufacturers

About the Robot Hall of Fame(R)
The Robot Hall of Fame is an educational activity of Carnegie Mellon University, founded by Dr. James H. Morris and co-directed by the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. The Robot Hall of Fame was established by Carnegie Mellon in November 2003 to honor the world’s great robots, both real and fictional, with their creators. The current members of the Robot Hall of Fame include the following industrial and entertainment robots: ASIMO, the Mars Pathfinder Sojourners Rover, Shakey,and Unimate. The Robot Hall of Fame also includes the following science fiction robots: Astro Boy, C-3PO, R2-D2, HAL-9000, and Robby the Robot. “Robot Hall of Fame” is a registered service mark of Carnegie Mellon University.

About Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 144-acre campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of Fine Arts.