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Barbara Schwartz March 2, 1994

RELEASE: 94-020

CONFERENCE ON INTELLIGENT ROBOTICS TO BE HELD MARCH 21-24

An "Intelligent Robotics in Field, Factory, Service, and Space" conference sponsored by The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the NASA Johnson Space Center will be held at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City, TX,

March 21-24.

The theme of the conference is "Sharing Technology in the National Interest," promoting President Clinton's initiative to build economic strength by developing closer relationships between government and industry. The conference is planned to attract buyers, users, manufacturers, integrators, and developers of intelligent robotics with the goal of sharing information and forming new relationships.

Conference topics include robotics uses in health care, manufacturing, environmental applications, security monitoring, nuclear industry, space applications, military applications, and robotic manufacturing. Sessions on robotic sensing, vision, and perception are included in the conference program.

Jon Erickson, chief scientist of the Automation and Robotics Division, will show video and present information on a vision-guided intelligent robotic system developed at JSC that demonstrates robots can use machine vision to work autonomously in dynamic environments.

A reception and banquet with a keynote address entitled "Application Driven Robot Technology" by Joseph Engelberger of Transitions Research Corporation, Danbury, CT, often called "the father of American robotics," will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 22. Information about the conference and how to register may be obtained by calling Mary Stewart at

713-483-1724.

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