Final Press Release: The second European Robotics Week – a tremendous success

With more than 90 participating organisations in 21 European countries and over 200 robotics related activities offered for the public, the second European Robotics Week was a tremendous success!We had our joint Hungarian event on the 27th, Tuesday 13.30-16.00.  Now We report only about the CIM Research Lab. of SZTAKI, the coordinator.  We made everything as planned, see the lefthand side of   Naturally one could reach our web-site from the www. as well.

Lectures by Prof. G. Kovács on SZTAKI and the Lab. and intro to the demos.  Demo by Mr. I. Paniti : Incremental Sheet Forming of metal and of heated PVC  Demo by Mr. Á. Kisari : How to solve the Rubik Cube by a huge industrial robot  Lecture by Prof. P. Baranyi on VIRCA, Virtual Collaboration Arena - to connect robos, etc.

We had the same lectures and demonstrations twice:  

  • 13.30-14.15: For adult experts from SZTAKI and from industry with diploma, PhD and even  professors took part,
  • 15.00-15,45: for  16-18 years students from the Varosmajori Gimnazium , which is among the best secondary schools. 

All programs were available via the internet using web-cameras.  After the demos there were 20-25 minutes discussions and evaluation,  who understood what and how, separately for the experts and for the students.  And naturally any questions and remarks were allowed and asked for.  As expected the experts asked about professional details:  programing, control, future plans, industrial applications, intelligence,  multi-robot systems, business aspects, etc.

The students - physics special students - wanted to know robot data (size, weight, speeds, reach),  how torque and force measurement is to be understood, how are they done,  how the Rubik algorithm works, what kind of materials can be used for ISF,  what about heating not only the pVC, but the metal, etc.  They even asked about being"wired" by all info tools and networks.   It was a surprise how good was the English of some kids.  Those who could solve the rubic cube manually (2 of the children) were awarded by box of chocolate.

The number of people was restricted due to the small capacity of our lab. 

12 adults plus 20 students in the lab during the two demos,   plus at least 50 persons in SZTAKI fully or partially followed the event, plus external, remote "witnesses",  i.e. we can say that around 100 people were involved this time. S ome weeks ago we had about 100 guests from the "general public" during the night of researchers.