[robotics-worldwide] 10, 000 euro Robots at Play Award -- call for candidates

Henrik Hautop Lund hhl at mip.sdu.dk
Fri Jul 21 23:53:42 PDT 2006

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* Robots at Play Award 2006*
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* 10.000 euro cash prize to the most playful robotic system*

The Robots at Play Award 2006 is an international prize for the most 
playful and/or interactive robotic system. It is given in connection 
with the Robots at Play Festival in Odense, Denmark, on 14-16 September 
2006, and sponsored by Fionia Bank.

Robotic systems are entering into the daily life on citizens all over 
the world. Vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, toys, playgrounds, 
rehabilitation equipment, fitness equipment, etc. are becoming robotic 
systems. In such a development, it is crucial to design robotic systems 
that are interactive and well integrated into the daily life in its 
natural surroundings, being at home, in the urban space, in sports club, 
in theatre, in hospitals, in developing countries, etc. This design 
challenge demands integration of different disciplines such as robotics, 
design, interaction design, and arts.  

The Robots at Play Award of 10.000 euro is aimed at reinforcing the 
integration of such disciplines and societal understanding in robotics. 
The prize promotes robotic systems for use in all aspects of daily life 
for the benefit of humans and interactivity with humans.

A prominent example of such a system is playware, which combines 
robotics, design, arts, play studies and industrial development to 
create the playgrounds of tomorrow - playgrounds that are based on 
robotic components in order to create joyful physical activity in fight 
against obesity. The Playware is developed by one of the committee 
members and therefore not nominated for the Robots at Play Prize, and 
serves only as an example.
Call for candidates:*
The international Robots at Play Award is open to any candidate robotic 
system world-wide. It is open for anybody world-wide to suggest 
candidate robotic systems. Candidate robotic systems will be evaluated 
by a committee based upon their qualities in terms of being
·    interactive
·    innovative
·    playful
and also in terms of their
·    design
·    functionality
·    potential impact on society  

The committee will evaluate the nominated candidates. Nominated 
candidates are invited to join the Robots at Play Prize 2006 ceremony 
(on invitation only) on 14th September 2006 in Odense, Denmark, during 
the Robots at Play Festival.

Candidate descriptions including abstract, www-information, photo, and 
inventor/developer contact information should be sent to the committee 
chair Professor Henrik Hautop Lund, University of Southern Denmark, by 
email: hhl at mip.sdu.dk, no later than 15th August 2006.

The committee consists of members from the Academy of Fine Arts, 
RoboCluster, Danish industry, and ministry.

Robots at Play Festival, Odense, Denmark, 14-16 September 2006:

Yours sincerely,

Henrik Hautop Lund, professor
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute for Production Technology
University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark
Tel: +45 6550 3574   Fax: +45 6615 7697
hhl at mip.sdu.dk

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