Pixar’s WALL-E Finds Place in Robot Hall of Fame

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The Robot Hall of Fame inducted WALL•E, the fic­tional robot of the name­sake Pixar movie, dur­ing a cer­e­mony Tues­day evening at Carnegie Sci­ence Cen­ter in Pittsburgh.

WALL•E was one of four robots cho­sen for the first time by a pop­u­lar vote.

In the Enter­tain­ment cat­e­gory, vot­ers chose WALL•E (Waste Allo­ca­tion Load Lifter Earth Class), the lov­able star of the 2008 Disney/Pixar block­buster by the same name. In the movie, WALL•E inad­ver­tently embarks on a space jour­ney that ulti­mately decides the fate of mankind. Other nom­i­nees in this cat­e­gory included Rosie the maid from the car­toon series The Jet­sons.

More than any pre­vi­ous class of inductees, this group of robots selected by pop­u­lar vote rep­re­sents con­tem­po­rary robot­ics — robots at the cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy — rather than older robots of strictly his­tor­i­cal impor­tance,” said Shirley Sal­damarco, Robot Hall of Fame direc­tor and a fac­ulty mem­ber at Carnegie Mellon’s Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter. “Even our fic­tional hon­oree, WALL-E, is from a movie that’s just four years old.”

More than 17,000 peo­ple across every con­ti­nent except Antarc­tica par­tic­i­pated in the online vote in August and Sep­tem­ber. The 12 nom­i­nees on this year’s bal­lot were cho­sen by a group of 107 robot­ics experts, indus­try lead­ers and afi­ciona­dos selected by the Robot Hall of Fame.

The RHOF, cre­ated in 2003 by Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity, rec­og­nizes excel­lence in robot­ics tech­nol­ogy. It hon­ors both the fic­tional robots that inspire inno­va­tion and the real robots that embody it. In 2009, it was inte­grated into Carnegie Sci­ence Center’s roboworld exhibit.

Pre­sen­ters at the cer­e­mony included Jared L. Cohon, pres­i­dent of Carnegie Mel­lon; John Dulchi­nos, pres­i­dent and CEO of Adept Tech­nol­ogy; Henry Thorne, chief tech­nol­ogy offi­cer of 4Moms; and Quasi, the robot char­ac­ter cre­ated by Inter­bots, a spin­off of CMU’s Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter. Heather Knight, a Ph.D. stu­dent in CMU’s Robot­ics Insti­tute, and her stand-up come­dian robot, Data, per­formed dur­ing the event.

This year’s induc­tion cer­e­mony was cel­e­brated in con­junc­tion with the RoboBusi­ness Lead­er­ship Sum­mit, a con­fer­ence of hun­dreds of robot­ics indus­try lead­ers that is in Pitts­burgh this week.

The Robot Hall of Fame induc­tion is spon­sored by Carnegie Mel­lon and its Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, Carnegie Sci­ence Cen­ter, the Pitts­burgh Tech­nol­ogy Coun­cil and RoboBusi­ness. The Robot­ics Insti­tute, the world’s largest robot­ics research and edu­ca­tion orga­ni­za­tion, is part of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Com­puter Sci­ence. Infor­ma­tion about the RHOF and pre­vi­ous win­ners is avail­able at www.robothalloffame.org.

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