noun - 1: a machine - especially one programmable by a computer - capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically; an intelligent system that interacts with physical environments and other agents.; 2: a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks; 3: a mechanism guided by automatic controls; 4: a creation limited only by your imagination.
Heather Knight at the 2011 Robotics Institute Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • Serve as a forum for exchange of ideas and where robotics-related policy issues can be debated and discussed.
  • Increase awareness among Members of Congress of issues, opportunities and challenges in robotics industry.
  • Inform Members of Congress and their staff on current & future research, development, and deployment initiatives.
  • Ensure that the U.S. remains globally competitive as the robotics industry expands.

Robots go where it’s dirty, dull, or dangerous. They can perform jobs that are unsafe or impossible for humans, such as inspecting nuclear waste facilities or sewer systems. They can perform repetitive tasks with speed and precision, increasing productivity to improve competitiveness for manufacturers as well as farmers, while enhancing the productivity and job satisfaction of their human co-workers. They can reduce risk to the military and first responders, clearing mines, performing reconnaissance, and going into disaster areas ahead of humans to check for hazards. They can increase mobility and independence for the injured, disabled and elderly.

If you would like more information about the advisory committee, please contact Erica Wissolik at (202) 530-8437, or Debbie Tekavec at (202) 547 8515.

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