Robot Hall of Fame

Recognizes robots in science and general society and achievements in robotics

A replica of a feminine humanoid robot.
Replica of the Metropolis character Maria on display at the Carnegie Science Center

The Robot Hall of Fame is an American hall of fame that recognizes notable robots in various scientific fields and general society, as well as achievements in robotics technology. The organization was established in 2003 by the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as an acknowledgement of Pittsburgh's achievements in the field of robotics and with the aim of creating a broader awareness of the contributions of robotics in society.[1] The idea for the Robot Hall of Fame was conceived by Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science dean James H. Morris, who described it as a means of honoring "robots that have served an actual or potentially useful function and demonstrated real skill, along with robots that entertain and those that have achieved worldwide fame in the context of fiction."[1] The first induction ceremony was held at the Carnegie Science Center on November 10, 2003.[2] 34 robots – both real and fictional – have been inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame since its inception. An exhibit named Roboworld was later established at the Carnegie Science Center in June 2009, featuring a physical embodiment of the hall of fame.[3]

From 2003 to 2010, inductees to the Robot Hall of Fame were chosen by a selected panel of jurors.[4] The opportunity to nominate a robot for induction into the hall of fame was also made open to the public; nominators were required to submit a one-paragraph rationale explaining their selection.[1] The voting process was altered significantly in 2012, with nominations instead being gathered from a survey of 107 authorities on robotics and divided into four categories: Education & Consumer, Entertainment, Industrial & Service, and Research.[4] Through an online voting system, members of the public were allowed to vote for one nominee per category; only the top three nominees in each category, based on the results of the aforementioned robotics experts survey, were included on the ballot.[5][6] Officials subsequently derived the final list of inductees from both the survey and the public vote.[4] Robot Hall of Fame director Shirley Saldamarco said of the changes:

The technology and art of robotics are advancing at an increasingly rapid rate and so the Robot Hall of Fame also must evolve. As more students, workers and consumers become accustomed to robots, it seems like a natural step to give the public a voice in selecting inductees.[7]

Inductees

An illustration of a computer's camera eye.
HAL 9000, inducted in 2003
A humanoid robot walking.
ASIMO, inducted in 2004
A robotic dog sitting.
AIBO, inducted in 2006
A rover being observed by several scientists.
Opportunity, inducted in 2010
A military robot being demonstrated.
PackBot, inducted in 2012
List of robots in the Robot Hall of Fame
Year Name Description Category Ref.
2003 HAL 9000 Character from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey Entertainment [8][9]
R2-D2 Character from the Star Wars franchise Entertainment [8][10]
Sojourner Mars rover developed by NASA Research [8][11]
Unimate Industrial robot developed by George Devol and Joseph Engelberger; first industrial robot Industrial & Service [8][12]
2004 ASIMO Humanoid robot developed by Honda Research [8][13]
Astro Boy Character from the Astro Boy franchise Entertainment [8][14]
C-3PO Character from the Star Wars franchise Entertainment [8][15]
Robby the Robot Character from the film Forbidden Planet Entertainment [8][16]
Shakey Mobile robot developed by the Stanford Research Institute; first mobile robot able to reason about its own actions Research [8][17]
2006 AIBO Robotic pet manufactured by Sony Education & Consumer [8][18]
David Character from the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence Entertainment [8][19]
Gort Character from the film The Day the Earth Stood Still Entertainment [8][20]
Maria Character from the film Metropolis; cited as the first robot to be depicted in cinema Entertainment [8][21]
SCARA Industrial robotic arm developed by the University of Yamanashi Industrial & Service [8][22]
2008 Data Character from the Star Trek franchise Entertainment [8][23]
Lego Mindstorms Robot kit toy series manufactured by the Lego Group Education & Consumer [8][24]
Navlab 5 Autonomous robotic vehicle developed by the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science Research [8][25]
Raibert Hopper Hopping robot developed by Marc Raibert; first self-balancing hopping robot Research [8][26]
2010 da Vinci Surgical System Robotic surgical system manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Industrial & Service [8][27]
Dewey Character from the film Silent Running Entertainment [8][28]
Huey Character from the film Silent Running Entertainment [8][28]
Louie Character from the film Silent Running Entertainment [8][28]
Opportunity Mars rover developed by NASA Research [8][29]
Roomba Autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner manufactured by iRobot Education & Consumer [8][30]
Spirit Mars rover developed by NASA Research [8][29]
Terminator (T-800) Character from the Terminator franchise Entertainment [8][31]
2012 BigDog Quadrupedal military robot developed by Boston Dynamics Research [32][33]
Nao Autonomous humanoid robot manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics Education & Consumer [32][34]
PackBot Military robot developed by iRobot Industrial & Service [32][35]
WALL-E Character from the film WALL-E Entertainment [32][36]
2015 Robot (B-9) Character from the TV series Lost in Space Entertainment [37]
2017 The Iron Giant Character from the film The Iron Giant Entertainment [38]
2021 Crow T. Robot Character from the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 Entertainment [39]
Tom Servo Character from the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 Entertainment [39]

See also

References

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