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December 5, 2006
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CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Can Robots Produce Works of Art?
Engineering Students Will Compete to See
Whose Device is Most Creative on 'Canvas'
||Assignments editors, producers,
||ArtBot Competition at The Johns Hopkins
||Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. Awards
presentation will begin at about 12:45 p.m.
||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.)
||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:
For project grades, the ArtBots will be evaluated by the
course instructor, Allison Okamura, associate professor of
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
Center at Johns Hopkins.
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