Student-programmed robot steals the show at president’s tailgate

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Count leading a cheer of “We Are!” among the tasks that Nao (pronounced Now) the robot can do, thanks to behind-the-scenes work of Penn State Information Sciences and Technology students. Nao —technically what’s known as a humanoid social robot — and the humans who work with him showed off those skills at a tailgate event Nov. 21 with President Eric Barron. The demonstration was the work of a group of students in Professor John Yen’s class, IST 402: Human Robot Interactions. President Eric Barron talked with Nao, the humanoid social robot, at a tailgate event Nov. 21, 2015. The demonstration was the work of a group of students in a class with Professor John Yen, IST 402: Human Robot Interactions. “The students are gaining first-hand…


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