Students demonstrate robot research on 16 Sunday morning

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Notre Dame These days, movies are filed with futuristic robots, but robotics is actually a very real part of today's world.

It's national robotics week, and Notre Dame is holding their annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Morris Inn Ballroom. It’s a free event packed with high-tech machines.

Dr. Laurel Riek, a Computer Science & Engineering Assistant Professor, visited 16 Sunday morning to talk about how the hands-on event is a great opportunity to get kids interested in math and science. Dr. Riek was joined by Notre Dame Ph.D. students Michael Gonzales and Cory Hayes, who demonstrated how two of their robots work.

Dr. Riek directs the Robotics, Health, and Communication Lab at Notre Dame, where she helps students perform research in robotics and health technology. She founded the Notre Dame National Robotics Week Event in 2012 as a way of giving the students in her robotics class a chance to showcase their capstone projects and highlight the robotics research going on at the university.

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