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Thanksgiving RoboParade returns to Lawrence Tech Nov. 22

Release Date: November 10, 2008

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University will host the third annual Thanksgiving RoboParade, an indoor autonomous robot demonstration, on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Buell Management Building cafeteria on the campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The parade will feature robot floats constructed and programmed by middle school and high school students from throughout southeast Michigan. The fully autonomous robot floats will follow the mock Woodward Avenue parade route, with a traditional start at the "Orchestra Hall," and detect other robots in front of them. The robot floats are fully programmed to stop and start without human help along the parade route. 

Participants come from University of Detroit Jesuit, the Roeper School, United Christian School in Garden City, ACE in Livonia, Digital Arts and Sciences Academy and Macomb Christian Schools, as well as from Royal Oak and Wixom.

The event has been organized by CJ Chung, an associate professor of computer science at Lawrence Tech who is always looking for new ways to interest young people in computer programming. The Thanksgiving RoboParade grew out of the computer summer camps at Lawrence Tech where students in grades 5-12 construct and program robots to follow lines and process input from various sensors. Chung is capitalizing on the Thanksgiving parade tradition in the Detroit area to keep their enthusiasm alive.

A streaming video of last year's Thanksgiving RoboParade at Lawrence Tech can be found at .

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.