|Robot Exhibition to Highlight WTEC International
Study of Robotics
On September 16, 2005, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will
host more than a dozen robots and their creators for a showcase
of advanced robotics technology from across the nation.
The robotic exhibition will highlight the release of a new report:
the World Technology Evaluation Center International Study
of Robotics, a two-year look at robotics research and development
in the United States, Japan, Korea, and Western Europe.
Sponsored by NSF, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
(NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health, the report was drafted
by a panel of six robotics experts who gathered information on-site
at more than 50 locations across the globe.
A day-long workshop will present the detailed report findings,
while a webcast press briefing at noon will provide a concise summary
for the media. Panel chair George Bekey of the University of Southern
California will present the summary, after which all six panelists
will be available to answer questions.
Researchers will be demonstrating their robots, including a team
from the Johns Hopkins University that is also funded by the NIBIB.
Drs. Russell Taylor and Peter Kazanzides will showcase virtual
fixtures for neurosurgical applications such as aneurysm clipping
and skull base drilling. The exhibit will also show two compact,
image-guided robot systems developed for prostate biopsy and brachytherapy
Detailed information on the event and the webcast can be obtained
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