National Robotics Week 2018 Events

Thank you to everyone who hosted, promoted, and participated in National Robotics Week 2017! With your continuing help, we had over 300 events for Robo Week. The ninth annual National Robotics Week will be held April 7-15, 2018 and promises to be even bigger! Submit your own event!

 
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Event List

  • BEST Robotics Open House, Northwest-Shoals Community College

    Open House for the community - schools, students, parents, volunteers, anyone interested in learning more about NW Alabama BEST Robotics.

    Visit the BEST Robotics Open House website

    Hosted by Shoals Chamber of Commerce & Northwest-Shoals Community College

    When:

    • April 2, 2015
      5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Where:

    800 George Wallace Blvd.
    Muscle Shoals, AL 35662

    BEST Robotics Open House logo
  • Alabama Robotics Contest, University of Alabama

    The Alabama Robotics Competition is an event where students write programs that navigate their robot across a series of obstacle courses. Awards will be given out in several categories across multiple grade levels (elementary school, middle school, and high school). Dr. David Shepherd from ABB Corporate Research will be the keynote speaker for the event

    Visit the Alabama Robotics Contest website

    Hosted by Jeff Gray

    When:

    • April 11, 2015
      10:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    240 Paul W Bryant Drive
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

    Alabama Robotics Contest logo
  • IEEE Huntsville JRACS Seminar on An [almost] invisible controller for the unexpected unexpected! by By Dr. Farbod Fahimi, Dynetics, Inc.

    Talk Abstract: Model-Free Online Reinforcement Learning (MFORL) controllers learn how to control a system only by interacting with it in real-time, the same way humans learn how to control machines. MFORL controllers have great potentials when it comes to control design for complex nonlinear systems, where the model-based methods fall short due to impracticality of formulating a mathematical model for the system. With availability of the MFORL control, unmodeled complex systems can be automated. Even if a model could be formulated, MFORL control derivation is extremely more economical for two major reasons. First, the need for lengthy process of system modeling, identification, and verification is eliminated. Second, once an MFORL controller is found for a dynamic system, it can be easily used for any system whose governing differential equation resembles that of the original dynamic system. In addition, MFORL controllers can relearn a completely new control law rapidly if the system dynamics suddenly changes due to an "unexpected" component break down. So, MFORL controllers can successfully deal with unexpected unexpected (situations that cannot be foreseen at the design stage) whereas robust/adaptive controllers can only deal with expected unexpected at best (known ranges of change in system parameters). In this talk, the theory behind MFORL controllers is discussed, and some sample benchmark applications are presented.

    Visit the IEEE Huntsville JRACS Seminar on An [almost] invisible controller for the unexpected unexpected! by By Dr. Farbod Fahimi website

    Hosted by Leandro G. Barajas, Ph.D., PMP

    When:

    • April 17, 2015
      11:30am - 1:00pm

    Where:

    1004 Explorer Blvd
    Huntsville, AL 35806

    IEEE Huntsville JRACS Seminar on An [almost] invisible controller for the unexpected unexpected! by By Dr. Farbod Fahimi logo
  • BEST Robotics Booth at Career Fair, Shoals Chamber of Commerce / NW Alabama BEST

    NW Alabama BEST will have a booth at the Shoals High School Career Fair to recruit schools, students and volunteers. It will be staffed by robotics team members, displaying their machines, engineering notebooks, awards, etc. from past competitions.

    Visit the BEST Robotics Booth at Career Fair website

    Hosted by Shoals Chamber of Commerce

    When:

    • April 21, 2015
      9:00am - 9:00pm

    Where:

    P. O. Box 1331
    Florence, AL 35631

    BEST Robotics Booth at Career Fair logo
  • Alabama TSA State Conference IQ Event, VEX IQ

    Alabama TSA Qualifier for TSA National competition

    Visit the Alabama TSA State Conference IQ Event website

    Hosted by VEX IQ

    When:

    • April 29, 2015 - April 30, 2015
      9:00am - 9:00pm

    Where:

    240 Bryant Drive
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

    Alabama TSA State Conference IQ Event logo