National Robotics Week

GRASP Lab K-16 Student Open House- April 13th, 2012

In celebration of National Robotics Week the GRASP Lab will host an open house on Friday, April 13th. Attendees will have a chance to explore GRASP facilities, view robot demonstrations and speak with robotics researchers. GRASP graduate students will be showing off robots that fly, perform surgery, play soccer, high-five, climb poles, and maybe someday travel to space.The event is free and open to K-16 groups. Please email Rebecca Stein at if you are interested in attending. Space is limited. Download Flyer:GRASPNRW12.pdf


9:00-9:30 Registration

Located in the Levine Lobby.

9:30-10:00 Introduction to GRASP by Kostas Daniilidis and Vijay Kumar

10:00-12:30 Lab Rotations

Groups will rotate through different demonstrations showcasing current robotics projects at GRASP.

  • Amazing Flying Quadrotors
  • UPennalizers Soccer Playing Robots
  • Meet GRASPY the 5ft tall Humanoid Robot
  • Robots that Climb in the Kod Lab
  • Touch and Feel in the Haptics Lab
  • Mars Rover Team

12:30-1:20 Pizza Lunch

Attendees will have a chance to mingle with GRASP researchers during lunch.

1:30-2:00 USMART Team Presentation

USMART (UPenn Space, Autonomous, and Mobile Robotics Team) is a student led initiative towards developing autonomous systems on the cutting edge of technology. USMART was founded this year by a group of Masters and PhD students in the world renowned GRASP Lab. It has become a collaboration between engineers and entrepreneurs, aiming to develop commercial applications from university research. USMART was chosen from among various University applicants to receive a $10,000 grant for participation in the NASA RASC-AL Robo-Ops Challenge. The team's ENVOY2 robot is being developed to participate in this challenge, and the NASA Centennial Sample Return Challenge. The ENVOY2 (Exploration and Navigation Vehicle for geolOgY 2) is designed to autonomously recognize objects of interest, grasp them, and return them to their home location. USMART is advised by Professor Mark Yim and Kostas Daniilidis.

Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending.