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Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

December 5, 2006
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

Media Advisory
Can Robots Produce Works of Art?

Engineering Students Will Compete to See
Whose Device is Most Creative on 'Canvas'

TO: Assignments editors, producers, reporters.
RE: ArtBot Competition at The Johns Hopkins University.
WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. Awards presentation will begin at about 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: SDS Room 101, First Floor of the Ross Jones Building in the Mattin Center at The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, Md. (The Mattin Center is at the intersection of 33rd and North Charles streets.)
WHAT: Engineering students enrolled in a course called Mechatronics have been challenged to design and build small robotic devices capable of producing rudimentary works of art. Each ArtBot must be a self- contained mobile device that uses at least two different sensors and two different actuators to move over the surface of a canvas (white poster paper) to create a work of art. Visitors attending the event will vote for their favorite device by placing one or more blue dot stickers on the sheet of paper at each ArtBot station. The robot with the most dots will win the People's Choice Award. ArtBot builders will include students majoring in mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering.

Detailed rules for the event can be viewed here: here.

For project grades, the ArtBots will be evaluated by the course instructor, Allison Okamura, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Art judging of the projects will be done by Dave Bakker, an instructor in the Johns Hopkins Homewood Arts Workshops; Joe Reinsel , a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department at University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Joan Freedman, director of the Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins.

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