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A long-term approach to improving human-robot interaction: RoboCupJunior Rescue

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1 Author(s)
E. Sklar ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Columbia Univ., New York, NY, USA

This paper describes the motivation behind and development of a USAR environment for the entry-level division of RoboCup, namely RoboCupJunior Rescue. We describe the challenge as it has evolved since 2000. Further, we explain how we see a place for this initiative as part of a long-term plan to address issues in human-robot interaction, advancing technical literacy by introducing young students to robotics within a socially significant context. The need to be able to interact with technology is growing increasingly important. Preparing the next generation by exposing today's students to hands-on technology early on provides a more sophisticated population that is ready and willing to interact with complex technology whenever and if ever they need to - no matter whether these students become engineers, roboticists, schoolteachers, fire-fighters, ambulance drivers, doctors or lawyers.

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Robotics and Automation, 2004. Proceedings. ICRA '04. 2004 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

Date of Conference:

26 April-1 May 2004