R o b o f e s t   eNewsletter, 7-15-08





(1) 10th annual World Robofest on May 2, 2009

(2) Postdoc position in Robotics immediately available at LTU

(3) ROBOTICS & NANOTECHNOLOGY Workshop for K-12 Educators

(4) Free NXT workshop for teachers by IEEE SEM

(5) The 3rd Annual Austin Sumobot tournament

(6) Report on Robofest demo at IGVC

(7) 2008 Summer and Fall Robofest programs





(1) 10th annual World Robofest on May 2, 2009

10th annual World Robofest will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2009. We are planning a special dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary right after the competition.


(2) Postdoc position in Robotics immediately available at LTU

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lawrence Technological University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Postdoctoral Instructor and Robotics Program Coordinator for the academic year 2008-2009. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and/or graduate level courses in autonomous robotics, coordinate and work closely with students and teachers in preparation for robotics contest such as Robofest (www.robofest.net). Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science and considerable experience programming autonomous robots. Exceptional candidates can apply for a tenure track faculty position for the following year. Candidates should send (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a statement indicating an understanding of how autonomous robotics can be used to improve teaching, (3) a description of research, and (4) arrange for three letter of recommendation to be sent to the following address.


Dr. CJ Chung

Lawrence Technological University

21000 West 10 Mile Rd.

Southfield,� MI� 48075


[email protected]


(3)� ROBOTICS and NANOTECHNOLOGY Workshop for K-12 Educators

An Innovative Micro and Nano Technology Workshop for K-12 Educators will be hosted at U of M Dearborn, August 18, 2008. This workshop is offered jointly by MSU, NSF WIMS ERC, Nanobrick, IEEE Education Society, and IEEE Robotics & Automation Society with support from Lawrence Tech Robofest.

For further information: contact Mrs. Zahida Aslam at [email protected]� or Dean Aslam at aslam@msu.edu ���


(4) Free NXT workshop for teachers by IEEE SEM

IEEE Southeast Michigan Section is providing Fall RoboSumo Workshop for Educators on Saturday, September 20, 2008, 10:00am ~ 4:00pm, at Lawrence Technological University. This is an introductory level workshop for teachers and educators. Please Contact Doug Czinder, IEEE SEM Robotics & Automation Chair to register: [email protected]� or Jeff Sparling, Robofest Coordinator at LTU: [email protected] . Register early � space is limited!� Lunch will be provided by IEEE SEM.


(5) The 3rd Annual Austin Sumobot tournament

The date for the 3rd Annual Austin Sumobot tournament is set for Saturday, August 9, 2008. It will be held at the Austin Recreation Center at 1301 Shoal Creek, near 12th & Lamar. Check-in is at 11:30 and rounds will start at noon. Robots will be limited to LEGO and the tournament is open to all ages. There is no registration fee. 

In this competition, two robots attempt to push each other out of a circular arena using mechanisms, cunning, and brute force.  No intentional damage is allowed. For copies of the rules and registration form, contact Diana Heinig at [email protected] .


(6)  Report on Robofest demo at IGVC

Robofest was asked to provide a demonstration at the IGVC at Oakland University June 1stand 2nd. TARDEC (The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center) Joint Center for Robotics sponsored the collegiate competition.� We presented a Sumo competition, exhibition teams, mini urban challenge and game demonstration.� Many thanks to all who were able to attend and for the favorable impression we made on Senator Carl Levin, who toured our displays on Monday.� As always, we were looking forward to next year�s competitions and tested a different Sumo method that has proven to be a potential for improvement over the tiered brackets.� We�ll keep you posted.�


Again thanks to all who participated!� We had a great time and were exposed to a whole other world of robotics development. Here�s a link to the photos!� http://picasaweb.google.com/robofest/RobofestDemoAtOaklandUIGVC



(7)� 2008 Summer and Fall Robofest Programs

       Robofest is participating in the ROBOTICS EDUCATORS CONFERENCE, Butler County Community College, PA, August 6-7-8, 2008

       A class for teachers, Autonomous Robotics for Education, begins in Sept. at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. Use robots to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts! Contact Prof. Tobos at [email protected] .

       3rd Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade on Sat., November 15, 2008, 9am ~ 2pm

       10th annual Robofest 2009 Kick off on December 11, 2008

       Fall Mini Urban Challenge on Thu, December 11, 2008, 6pm ~ 8pm



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CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest Director, [email protected]

Jeff Sparing, Robofest Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3566

Jerri Ureel, Robofest Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3568

Susan Latos, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3569

Lawrence Tech University / Robofest World Headquarters

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield MI 48075

[email protected]                www.robofest.net ����������Fax: (248) 204-3518