VIDEO: Student-Programmed Robot Leads

From studying with students to leading a “We Are!” chant, it seems that there isn’t much this robot can’t do. Nao, a robot brought to life by Penn State Information Sciences and Technology, showcased its skills on Nov. 21 at a tailgating event with President Eric Barron.  Penn State students Kaley Chicoine and Lawrence Jogn Flood, graduate teaching assistant Tyler Kredrick, and undergraduate learning assistant Jeffrey Lii teamed up to create the humanoid social robot as part of John Yen’s IST 402: Human Robot Interactions class.  The team received Nao from Aldebaran Robotics, a subsidiary of Softbank and used a visual program interface tool to design interactions with the robot. Of the many programmed actions included were making Nao dance and express feelings with the light around his eyes.  “The…


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