Dorkbot:58 Robots


April 7, 2010 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm


University of Washington, Seattle campus, Art Building, Room 327
Chelan Lane & Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA, 98105


Speakers will be:
  • Kevin Reed: Washington State director for FIRST Lego League, an international program that uses the LEGO Mindstorms robotic system to inspire 9-14 yr old students to consider careers in science and technology. Kevin also serves on the board of <FIRST Washington which provides FIRST robotics programs to thousands of Washington students from 6 to 18 years old. In his spare time away from FIRST Kevin is the Vice President of Operations at a manufacturing company in Woodinville Washington.
  • Sarah Kriz: Assistant professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She earned her PhD in psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006. Her research on robotics focuses on the general public's understanding of robots' capabilities, and has included work on how robots are represented in popular American films, as well as how people structure their speech during their first interaction with a robot.
  • Steve Kaehler: a contributor and organizer of the Seattle Robotics Society for 12 years. This includes involvement in the yearly Robothon event, which pits many makers of robots against each other in several event. He has built robots and is a leader in this field.
Please join us for the evening, which is open and free to all, our first in the new decade.
We wish to give huge thanks to the UW's Division of Design, in the School of Art, for their support and providing the space for our meetings. We are especially grateful to department chair Professor Karen Cheng for this generous offer and facilitating it.
The Art Building is on the main UW campus. Parking is available in campus lots for $6, or you can usually find metered spaces on nearby streets in the University district. Lots of buses stop quite close, and there are bike racks outside the Art Building. Be aware that there is no cafe open in the Art Building in the evening. The closest place to eat, on campus, is the food court at the HUB student union building. Eat first, or bring a brown bag, but sorry, no alcohol is allowed in the meeting room. There are also plenty of places to eat on University Avenue, just off campus.
Here is a campus map showing the Art Building: There will be signs and maybe even live human beings at each entrance directing you to the room, which is on the third floor.