Friday, October 26, 2012

Pixar’s WALL-E Finds Place In Robot Hall Of Fame

The Robot Hall of Fame inducted WALL•E, the fic­tional robot of the name­sake Pixar movie, dur­ing a cer­e­mony Tues­day evening at Carnegie Sci­ence Cen­ter in Pittsburgh.

WALL•E was one of four robots cho­sen for the first time by a pop­u­lar vote.

In the Enter­tain­ment cat­e­gory, vot­ers chose WALL•E (Waste Allo­ca­tion Load Lifter Earth Class), the lov­able star of the 2008 Disney/Pixar block­buster by the same name. In the movie, WALL•E inad­ver­tently embarks on a space jour­ney that ulti­mately decides the fate of mankind. Other nom­i­nees in this cat­e­gory included Rosie the maid from the car­toon series The Jet­sons. The 12 nom­i­nees on this year’s bal­lot were cho­sen by a group of 107 robot­ics experts, indus­try lead­ers and afi­ciona­dos selected by the Robot Hall of Fame.

Pre­sen­ters at the cer­e­mony included Jared L. Cohon, pres­i­dent of Carnegie Mel­lon; John Dulchi­nos, pres­i­dent and CEO of Adept Tech­nol­ogy; Henry Thorne, chief tech­nol­ogy offi­cer of 4Moms; and Quasi, the robot char­ac­ter cre­ated by Inter­bots, a spin­off of CMU’s Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter. Heather Knight, a Ph.D. stu­dent in CMU’s Robot­ics Insti­tute, and her stand-up come­dian robot, Data, per­formed dur­ing the event. Infor­ma­tion about the RHOF and pre­vi­ous win­ners is avail­able at

Robot Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Ceremony Announcement

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