Our first workshop took place 20th March 2008, at Schenectady Museum, and had three themes: Definitions of Social Robotics; The use of Robotics in Education; Industrial perspectives on Robotics and Computer Science Education.


A summary document for this event is available for download.


A brief agenda and map of venue is below:


8:30 a.m. Breakfast


9:00 a.m. Welcome: Introduction to NSF grant

Ilene Frank (Schenectady Museum)


9:30 a.m. Session: What is Social Robotics?

Chair: Selmer Bringsjord (RPI)


3 presentations (20 min, plus 10 min for Q&A)

Tim Bickmore (NorthEastern)

Brian Scassellati (Yale)

Reid Simmons (CMU)


11:00 a.m. Break


11:15 a.m. Panel on Social Robotics featuring:

Tim Bickmore, Reid Simmons & Volkan Isler (RPI)


12:15 p.m. Lunch


1:30 p.m. Session: Robotics in Education

Chair: Valerie Barr (Union)


3 presentations (20 min, plus 10 min for Q&A)

Ken Berry (RoboEducators)

Deepak Kumar (Bryn Mawr)

Ken Livingston (Vassar)


3:00 p.m. Break


3:15 p.m. Panel on Robotics in Education featuring:

Ken Berry, Deepak Kumar, Ken Livingston & Lester Rubenfeld (RPI)


4:15 p.m. Session: Industry/Future Applications

Chair: Tomek Strzalkowski (UAlbany)


2 presentations 20 min, plus 10 min for Q&A)

Dianne Fodell (IBM)

Haldun Komsuoglu (SandBox Innovations)


5:15 p.m. Panel on Future Applications featuring:

Dianne Fodell, Haldun Komsuoglu & Nick Cassimatis (RPI)


6:30 p.m. Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Natalie Jeremijenko



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