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dr. reid simmons on social robotics

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:00pm to Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:00am


Dr. Reid Simmons is coming to UCSC. Dr. Simmons is the head of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, and is one of the world’s leading minds in the development of Social Robotics - the development of robots that can operate on a social level with human beings.


Dr. Simmons is the first roboticist to employ professional theatre artists, including scenic and costume designers, playwrights, and dramaturgs in the development of his autonomous social robots. His most famous creation, VICTOR the Scrabble-playing robot, was featured in recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, C|Net, Newsweek, Mental Floss, Campus Technology, and other media, and was a collaboration with professors right here at UCSC in our prestigious digital media programs! More information about the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon at


The talk will be held in the Simularium (Engineering 2 – Room 180) starting at 3 pm on April 16.


The event is free to the public, but seating is limited and expected to run out quickly, so first come, first seated!