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Lawrence Tech hosts RoboExpo conference Sept. 26

Release Date: September 13, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – RoboExpo, a conference to connect academia, industry and government sectors involved in robotics, will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. The conference will be held noon to 5 p.m. in the Buell Management Building.

Admission is free. To register, visit www.RoboExpo.us and submit a participant registration form. Participants will be eligible to win a Lego® NXT or Kinect sensor.

Students of all ages are welcome to attend. A breakout session will introduce Robofest and RoboParade to K-12 teachers, parents and students.

Job seekers will have an opportunity to meet with employers in the robotics field.

Robotics has become a national priority because of growing usage in advanced manufacturing, logistics, transportation, services, homeland security, defense, healthcare, space exploration, environmental monitoring and agriculture. In addition, robotics can play an important role in education from kindergarten through doctorate programs.

“We want to bring academia, industry and government together to share knowledge and resources, promote R&D collaboration, and introduce new robotics products, services and educational programs,” said Lawrence Tech Associate Professor CJ Chung, one of the organizers of the inaugural RoboExpo.

According to Chung, everyone involved in robotics also has an interest in developing programs that will inspire students to continue their education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as the STEM subjects.

Lawrence Tech recently launched a bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering, the first undergraduate program of its kind in Michigan and only the second in the entire country.

Exhibitors at RoboExpo will include Applied Manufactur​ing Technologi​es, CeTech Industries, Cybernet Systems Corporation, FANUC Robotics, IEEE Robotics & Automation Chapter, KHS Creations, LEGO® Education, Lawrence Tech, Macomb Community College, Microsoft® Technology Center – Detroit, Quantum Signal LLC, Realtime Technologies Inc., Robotic Intelligence Software Inc., The Robot Garage Inc., ROBOTIS, Robot Magazine, Robot Town, Rocks and Robots, SAIC, SoarTech, VEX Robotics, and RobotEvents.com.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.