Rise Up, Robots!

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Friday, March 9th, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at

Ferst Center for the Performing Arts at Georgia Tech

The robot uprising is coming. Grab your survival gear and provisions. The Atlanta Science Festival presents an evening with a droid comedian, a robotic musician, a bionic arm and more! Safe for sentient beings of all kinds (humans preferred). Sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Join us before the show for an interactive Robot Petting Zoo starting at 6pm.

Price: $15 + fees
Call box office for tickets at 404-894-9600 or get online. Free parking is available in the nearby W02 parking deck.

We welcome people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact us. Requests should include your specific requirements and be made at least 7 days prior to the event (by March 2).

Featured Speakers

Heather Knight, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Robotics at Oregon State University, founder of Marilyn Monrobot
Perhaps best known for her popular TED Talk, Knight brings Data, the world’s first robotic jokester, to the “Rise Up, Robots!” stage. Knight will explain how she injects charisma into her creation, and give a live demonstration of Data’s interactive quips. Among her accolades, Knight has graced the cover of Wired UK magazine and was named to the 2011 Forbes List for 30 under 30 in Science – and she also helped create the Rube Goldberg device for OK Go’s This Too Shall Pass music video. Her current research involves human-robot interaction, non-verbal machine communications, and non-anthropomorphic social robots.

Gil Weinberg, Ph.D.

Professor and Founding Director of Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology
Yep, robots rock. Weinberg proves the point in the literal sense with Shimon, a marimba playing robotic musician. Shimon, seen on NBC’s “Today” show, uses machine learning for jazz improvisation, and Weinberg will show the “Rise Up, Robots!” audience how it’s done. Weinberg’s other projects include a prosthetic robotic arm, which restores and enhances human drumming abilities for amputees. He’s presented his work worldwide at venues such as The Kennedy Center and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and for the TED-Ed online lesson series. Weinberg’s research focuses on developing artificial creativity and musical expression for robots and augmented humans. Professor Weinberg’s appearance is supported in part by the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

Stewart Coulter, Ph.D.

Engineering Manager at DEKA Research & Development
A prosthetic, bionic arm with a hand that can pinch, grip, and conform to the objects it holds? Sounds like science fiction, but it’s science fact. Just ask Coulter. The LUKE arm can do all of that and more. Coulter served as the project manager for the LUKE arm, which stands for Life Under Kinetic Evolution. At “Rise Up, Robots!,” Coulter will give a demonstration and provide live evidence of how it changed someone’s life.

Robot Petting Zoo

Join us in the lobby from 6pm-7pm to meet R2-D2 (boop beep!), race Sphero through a maze, avoid a snake bot, and chat with a Zeus, a full-size humanoid droid. Meet the bots and their creators from Georgia Tech, R2 Builders Club, STE(A)M Truck, and IEEE.

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